Working on his New York apartment recently inspired Balenciaga's Creative Director, Alexander Wang, to apply his fashion-design chops to guy-friendly furniture fit for some serious chilaxing. As in a bar disguised as a chichi, shagreen-covered trunk and two black beanbag chairs - one in luxe leather and one in a snuggly shearling. Wang envisioned this mini-collection for Poltrona Frau as an intimate "hang-out" space and while it is thoroughly infused with his signature NYC downtown aesthetic, it doesn't look remotely college dorm'ish. “A beanbag is banal, an everyday item," explains Wang, "but I like to re-contextualize what is banal into what is luxurious."
Taking a college hangout staple and making it socially acceptable for an adult apartment strikes me as very Kidult in expression, that interesting trend involving (chronological) grown-ups turning to child-like (or -ish...depending) pastimes and remembrances. “The economic depression and intense competition have instinctively made people turn to childhood entertainment," observes Kim Mungyeum, a Professor of Department of Sociology at Pusan National University. "Kidult culture has spread so much that it is now perceived positively.”
Even beanbag chairs and place to stash those brewskis.
- Lesley Scott