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Marni Taps Colombian Ex-Prisoners to Create “100 Chairs”
Milan-based fashion house Marni utilized salvaged materials and rehabilitated individuals from the city of San Gil as part of their “100 Chairs” offering of 80 chairs, 10 deckchairs and 10 tables – available in 20 colors, 7 models and 21 variations. Pairing craftsman with former inmates, colored PVC piping was woven into the seats and backrests. The project was created for Milan Design Week 2012, where the chairs were sold at the Marni boutique and proceeds went to ICAM Institute in Milan – an organization which enables the children of imprisoned mothers to spend their first years in a family environment more fitting for their growth.