With A Face Like That, You'd Make A Great Chair: Nemo By Fabio Novembre
Believe it or not, Nemo is not just the name of a Pixar animated fish. 'Nemo' is a Latin word meaning 'no man.' And perhaps, in Fabio Novembre's newest design, the Nemo Chair, the magnificent female face Nemo is every man - or to be precise, every woman.
This is not Novembre's first anthropomorphic furniture design. His sculptures of the human anatomy are adoring and gracefully rendered. Recent works of his include the beautifully molded His & Hers Chairs...
... and the Divina Sofa, in which a life-size nude form, in silhouette, functionally serves as a sofa back.
But Nemo is Novembre's first larger-than-life sculpture, suggesting the ancient Latin and Greek grand proportional monuments to the human form, and particularly, perfection in the human form. Nemo, of course, also brings to mind the ancient Greek theatre masks, to which Novembre more than alludes in the photo below. But, unlike the Greek masks, Novembre's Nemo shows no emotion, no sign of age or personality, no status... Therefore, she could symbolize both no woman or every woman.
In any case, she is perfect... and she is, we can't forget, a chair. Gorgeous, inside and out. Here, Nemo is displayed at last week's Milan Furniture Show where Nemo debuted.