Arielle Assouline-Lichten of Slash Objects Presents “Ana” Chair with Serafini During Milan Design
Updated: May 2
“Simplicity that reveals the materials from which our world is constructed. This chair is a play on the art of simplicity and the beauty of clean lines. I wanted to create a statement piece that envelopes you into a moment of pause, where you are nestled inside the smooth stone arms. The purity of parts allows for the materials to be highlighted and the connections between parts is as minimal as possible to allow each element to exist in unison.” - Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Slash Objects
Designer Arielle Assouline-Lichten, founder of Slash Objects, created the Ana Chair as an interpretation of a classic silhouette with a focus on new materials and minimalism. The Ana Chair is a unique take on a statement chair that brings timeless materials together in a new way. The Chair is made using two marble slabs, connected with brass hardware and elegant details to hold the recycled rubber seat in place. Gravity pulls the seat to emphasize its natural curve between the marble slabs. The simplicity of the pieces connected by clean lines calls into question the very nature of a chair. The experience inside the chair is to be enveloped in the textures of the stone and the upholstery, at once elevated by them and also cocooned.
Arielle sourced remnant marble, drawing inspiration from the movement of the natural veining in each stone which makes each chair unique. She views the composition of the marble chair as a canvas, cutting the slab into squares that, when rearranged, relate to a previous whole.
Made in New York City, the Ana Chair highlights how materials interact with one another through minimal connections and clean lines. A signature of Arielle’s designs, she looks to find innovative ways to recycle materials. In addition to the seat being made of post consumer recycled rubber, the marble used is repurposed cutoffs from other jobs that would have ultimately been discarded; sourced from a yard in Brooklyn. Multiple Chairs can be created from one slab, thereby creating a set or a pair which relate to one another.
The Ana chair is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The outdoor version utilizes marble and the recycled rubber also found throughout Slash Objects’ tabletop collection, exploring its limits and scale. The indoor version features Arielle’s first foray into using Mohair. The use of Mohair, specifically in Arielle’s chosen Cognac shade, introduces bold colors into her furniture collection for the first time. The use of marble celebrates the raw beauty extracted from the Earth and a uniqueness in that no two pieces can be exactly the same. The marble of the Ana chair is available in Statuary White, Nero Marquina and Pistache, and can also be customizable using a variety of stones, while the rubber seat is available in Sand, Gris and Pure Black. A wide variety of Mohair color options are available. Customizing with COM Fabric can also be accommodated.
“This chair is a play on the art of simplicity and the beauty of clean lines. I wanted to create a statement piece that envelopes you into a moment of pause, where you are nestled inside the smooth stone arms. The purity of parts allows for the materials to be highlighted and the connections between parts is as minimal as possible to allow each element to exist in unison.” - Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Slash Objects
The Ana Chair makes its European Debut with Serafini during Milan Design Week in April 2023.. Invited as one of 7 designers to design new and exclusive furniture for Serafini, the Ana Chair takes on a new contour with softer curves and textures. Now available for the European market in new color was and materials.
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Arielle Assouline-Lichten is an artist, architect, and designer. She is the founder of Slash Objects, a design studio exploring the intersection of material and form. Arielle holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Critical Theory and Visual Media from New York University. She is passionate about design as a way to transform how humans experience the world. Her work aims to reframe our understanding of the resources around through tactile stories that create a sense of intrigue into our material world.
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