Though he hails from the verdant hills of Yorkshire, David Hockney has become synonymous with California sunshine. From his magnum opus, A Bigger Splash (1967), to Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) (1972) and Sun on the Pool (1982), Hockney’s numerous poolside renderings perfectly complement Smarin‘s new line of minimalist chairs, lamps, and loungers that not only look SoCal cool, but better support your posture, too.
Smarin’s new line, La Schaise, is comprised of softer, more comfortable elastic straps and colorful metal frames. “A research on the flexibility of the seat, the right posture and its effects, [La Schaise] naturally induces a healthy posture, stimulates better blood circulation…[and] increases tonicity,” according to the press release.
“I focused on the feeling of the body and made a seat which allows the body to be unrestrained and find a natural position for the back, the muscles and for blood circulation,” Smarin founder Stéphanie Marin told Dezeen. “The mechanics of the body’s functions and movements is an essential matter for me, and that is why this furniture is so minimal. The chairs follow the body, instead of having the body adapting itself.”
Due to the line’s minimal, modern aesthetic reminiscent of David Hockney’s technicolor oeuvre, Smarin was invited to debut the collection at Centre Pompidou alongside their upcoming retrospective profiling David Hockney’s career. The exhibition arrives in Paris from Tate Britain in London, where the show broke attendance records and popular demand kept the museum open until midnight over its final weekend, according to The Guardian.
La Schaise will launch publicly in January 2018.
David Hockney will remain on view at Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France from June 21 through October 23, 2017.