"A chair can even be used for sitting on, but with just one condition: that we be uncomfortably seated." Salvador Dali
In the Paris of the 1930s, Salvador Dalí (1904 - 1989) surrounded himself with a circle of friends working in the application of art to a number of varied disciplines, beyond the study of purely pictorial art. One of these, Jean-Michel Frank, an acclaimed furniture designer and decorator in Paris at that time, got on extremely well with Dalí, and together they developed a number of ideas.
In the 1990s, a team of experts led by Oscar Tusquets set out to bring to life the furniture that Dalí had sketched for Jean-Michel Frank, including the Leda chair and low table taken from the 1935 painting “Femme à la tête rose”. The sculptor Joaquim Camps was responsible for breathing life into them and Bd Barcelona design took charge of their worldwide exclusive production and marketing.
"Dalí filled entire notebooks with sketches for various furniture designs which he would have liked to see in the cinema, used as advertising props or have in his own house. These were strange objects, high in symbolic content with refined forms, which he would have enjoyed having around him, pieces which he would have liked to turn into part of his life, of his surroundings, of the fantastic world in which he lived. While Salvador was still living, Robert Descharnes and I discussed the possibility of producing some of those Surrealist Dalí designs which, for various reasons, Salvador had been unable to make at the time."
Oscar Tusquets (Designer and founding member of the Bd Barcelona collective)
Bd Barcelona Design is the Spanish company with the highest international prestige in design. It was founded in 1972 as Bd Ediciones de Diseño by the architects and interior designers Pep Bonet, Cristian Cirici, Lluis Clotet, Mireia Riera and Oscar Tusquets. At the time of its foundation, Bd Ediciones de Diseño was a mere expression of almost insolent rebellion by a group of young, unsatisfied architects, but it soon became a productive philosophy with a mission to break moulds, even commercial ones.
The Bocaccio Design (a clue for those who were not already in on the secret) of the Barcelona of the early 70s was created as a vehicle for the production of all those items of furniture, objects and accessories which could not be found in shops. It might have turned out to be nothing more than an arrogant idea, but in fact became a unique experience, offering an interpretation of design hitherto unknown in Spain: a new sensibility, a different perception of everyday objects.
"We believe that this initial stimulus has become enriched over the intervening years with mixtures which, to us, appear exquisite. It is for this reason that we have published them."
In this way, contemporary creations co-exist with those of the great universally admired masters. Konstantin Grcic, Jaime Hayón, Ross Lovegrove and Alfredo Häberli have shared space with Antoni Gaudì, Salvator Dalí, Ettore Sottsass and Giuseppe Terragni.
Armchair - sculpture
Structure in polished cast brass varnished
Width 47cm, depth 60cm, height 92cm
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Made in Spain
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