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Marni's Latest Collection Was Designed By Prisoners! It's True!

Many of you know my love for all things "lockup," so when I heard that ex-Colombian prisoners were designing furniture for Marni, my heart kind of stopped. For Salone del Mobile 2012, Marni is presenting a collection of 100 chairs made in Colombia by ex-prisoners. Really. And by doing so, they're helping prisoners transition into social and working life. The chairs are metal, with multi-colored PVC threads featured on the backs and arm rests, a common look in local Colombian furniture.

The chairs are will be featured at Salone del Mobile in an exhibition put together by photographer/filmmaker Francesco Jodice. (They're used as background for a series of portraits of Marni teams from different departments.)

I really want a chair, but they will be sold only in Milan at the MARNI Boutique in Via Spiga 50 during the Salone del Mobile 2012. They're 200-450 euros—not bad at all—and it's all for a really good cause. I might have to fly to Milan to buy one.

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