Poltrona di Proust is a replica baroque chair, with typical scrolled arms and ornamentation, painted with colourful dots. It is an important example of design from the postmodern movement in Italy, during which designers freely appropriated historical references and defined new ways of working. Alessandro Mendini, a designer and architect as well as a prominent magazine editor and critic, designed the chair through a collaborative—almost editorial—process. The first Poltrona di Proust was created in 1978, by projecting an image of a pointillistic painting by the French neo-impressionist artist Paul Signac onto its surfaces. The artists Prospero Rasulo and Pierantonio Volpini then replicated the painting’s colourful markings on the chair. Poltrona di Proust was subsequently reproduced in a variety of materials, including marble and moulded plastic. This particular chair, one of the earliest examples, was hand painted by Rasulo and Volpini in the early 1980s.