Design Nagababa, the armchair metaphor for feminine beauty
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Nagababa, the armchair metaphor for feminine beauty

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Giulia Guido
Nagababa | Collater.al

It is called Nagababa, the armchair made by the Wamhouse Studio that takes up Gaetano Pesce’s famous chair. If the UP Series of 1969 revolutionized the idea of seating, becoming a symbol of Italian design right from the start, the one signed by Wamhouse studio takes up its shape and at the same time recalls a female body ready to undergo various cosmetic surgery operations. 

The Nagababa, which in Polish means “naked woman“, wants us to reflect on how a woman’s body is conceived today. More and more frequently we are bombarded by images that raise to an ideal body that of a thin woman with curves in the right place and long, sharp legs, making the idea that there is a right body and a thousand wrong ones pass. Thus, the Wamhouse chair has large stitching and embroidered arrows that recall the signs that the aesthetic surgeon makes on his patients, showing how you are and what you are going to remove and modify. 

Moreover, since the Nagababa is a piece of furniture, even the connection between the female body and the object is immediately noticeable, underlining how in many cases the woman is really seen as a mere object of furniture, as decoration, beautiful to show but that must remain still and mute. 

It is necessary to take a good look at the Nagababa and understand, according to society, at what level of perfection the woman must aim for every day. 

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Written by Giulia Guido
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