Masculine And Feminine Gracefully Fuse In Loginoff’s Chair Design: Dounyasha
It’s hard to resist Dima Loginoff’s designs; they’re so conceptually rich, drawing in so many aspects of history, art, and social commentary. Perhaps none of Loginoff’s creations to date are as evocative as his concept chair, Dounyasha.
As exemplified splendidly by Loginoff’s human model, Alex Torgunakov of Russia’s Bolshoi Theater, the meanings of feminine and masculine in art, as in life, are often imposed, not actual. And there is no more illustrative example than Mr. Torgunakov himself, a solidly muscular man with exquisite grace. As such, Dounyasha, the chair, is a massive (masculine?) shell with graceful legs.
Dounyasha is an old-fashioned name, a very traditional name in Russia. When the name is spoken, it evokes a certain era of the late 1800’s. “Dounyasha,” along with the Rococo flair that Loginoff often powders on his designs, come to his modern stage very willingly, very gently, as if they just popped in to get a glimpse of the future. And they seem to be quite at home with it.
Dounyasha is a very enveloping chair, cozy, yet open enough for air (or modernity) to pass.
Loginoff’s photographic skills deserve accolades along with his brilliant flair for translating the conceptual into the functional with such grace.