Sunday, March 15, 2009

Chair #74

—Designed by Mario Bellini

Italian architect Mario Bellini connects traditional and modern with his sleek, light, Vol au Vent chair. The innovative cover for the chair is completely padded with a single piece of stamped foam. With hidden zippers, the look of this chair can be changed by switching the specially designed removable upholstery. The Vol au vent chair is offered through B&B Italiam and is available in two sizes—the larger of which can be equipped with armrests.

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[French:  vol, flight + au, with the + vent, wind.]
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In French culinary terms, vol-au-vent—which is French for “windblown” to describe its lightness—is a small bit sized hollowed out pastry shell of puff pastry filled with yummy savories such as a ragout of meat, fish, mushrooms, or even cheese. A round opening cut into the top of the pastry is replaced as a lid after the case is filled. Trés delish.

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