Friday Photo: The Butterfly Effect

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Photo: Brian Franczyk / Thea Dickman for Wright

What do you get when you cross Gio Ponti with Piero Fornasetti and a bunch of caterpillars? All we know is that it involves lithographed butterflies—and you can sit on it. Continuing with our collaboration theme, in today’s Friday photo, we bring you the butterfly-adorned, lacquered ash armchair designed by Ponti and Fornasetti around 1951 for Fornasetti Milano. The chair was sold last month for $60,000 (a steal compared to that Titanic life preserver we told you about earlier this week) at Wright‘s sale of “objets d’affection” from Nilufar Gallery, the Milan-based design and textiles mecca founded by Nina Yashar that this year is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. The sale’s stunning exhibition catalogue (designed by Rick Valicenti/Thirst with Wright’s James Potsch and Jennifer Mahanay) describes Nilufar as “one of the most singular voices in design today. Channeling the energy of Via della Spiga, the works are fashionable—at once reflective and progressive. Harmonious compositions of color, line, and form meld against a backdrop of modern and contemporary history.” Just thinking about it gives us, well, butterflies.