Lean Back In Alexander Wang Beanbag Chairs

The common beanbag has just been morphed into an item of luxury thanks to Alexander Wang. Soon to be on the market in February, Wang’s newest furniture collection in collaboration with the century-old Italian furniture manufacturer Poltrona Frau features two brass-footed beanbag chairs—one in shearling and the other just straight leather, with a matte trunk bar cabinet to set the lounge mood.

This isn’t Alexander Wang’s first tango with home goods, back in 2012 he released an eight-piece collection titled OBJECTS, encompassing mock crocodile-skin coasters, smoked glass ashtrays, and blackened steel bike chains. Those little home accents were only the precursor to Wang’s foray into furniture design, and they highlight Wang’s interest in turning items of the everyday into something special. In conversation with WSJ, Wang explains why he chose to revisit the beanbag, ‘It’s a banal, everyday item. We always had them in the TV room. But I like to recontextualize what is banal, what is luxurious. To make it with Poltrona, that just completely changes it. And yet at the end of the day, it’s still a beanbag chair. I love that.’

So, given his affinity for luxury furniture, should we be expecting more pieces from Wang in the future? Well, according to it might be possible, but more along the lines of custom work. Wang says, ‘I love to do a custom job. I’ve bought a lot of pieces and reupholstered or put custom framing on them. I got this beautiful chaise from Milo Baughman and reupholstered it in black mink. That’s the kind of piece I love.’

The three-piece capsule collection will be available in February, with the beanbags priced at $8,800 a pop, and the cabinet at $13,500.

Photographs courtesy of WSJ

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