During Maimi Art Week 2021 the iconic Camaleonda couch originally designed by Mario Bellini in 1970 and reintroduced by B&B Italia in 2020—became a canvas for Shantell Martin. Martin brought her signature whimsical drawing style to an iteration of the sofa with white fabric during a live event, dressing the rounded design in stream of conscious drawing.
The immersive artwork took inspiration from the name, a combination of “camaleonte” (chameleon), an extraordinary animal capable of adapting to its environment, and “onda” (wave), a name invented by Bellini.
“For me, this was a natural starting point and something that I felt fundamentally to be a core aspect to my work as an artist. So I wanted to create a calm and immersive experience around not only this iconic design but around this idea of functional adaptability and nature.” - Shantell Martin.
Guests to the Italian luxury brand’s Miami’s Design District flagship will be able to view Martin’s work—and lounge on it— through 3 January 2022.