Calvet designed by Antoni Gaudí for BD Barcelona Design is a bench. The Modernista furniture designed by Gaudí is more reminiscent of sculpture. The Calvet armchair is outstanding amongst these designs because of its expressive force. It was designed along with four other pieces –a stool, a mirror, a chair and a bench– for the house of the same name.
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Calvet designed by Antoni Gaudí for BD Barcelona Design is a bench. In contrast with what happened in general to almost all the Modernista furniture which ended up going out of fashion, furniture designed by Gaudí is still as modern today as it was when it was first designed. Perhaps this is because it is more reminiscent of sculpture than mere benches and chairs. The Calvet armchair is outstanding amongst these designs because of its expressive force. It was designed along with four other pieces –a stool, a mirror, a chair and a bench– for the house of the same name. The Casa Calvet in the Carrer Casp in Barcelona was the Catalan architect’s first housing project and it was awarded a prize by Barcelona city council for being the best building in 1900. Two years later, Gaudí designed the furniture, carved in oak, for the offices on the ground floor of the building.They were first produced by the Casa y Bardés company and they are preserved at the Gaudí Museum in the Park Güell.
A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. That is why the Bd catalogue of contemporary creations has always included those by admired classical masters. Antoni Gaudí (1852/1926) is, without doubt, the most internationally wellknown Spanish architect. But is not only his buildings and brilliant architectural solutions that have travelled the globe. His integrated conception of architecture led him to pay attention, not only to structural calculations, but also to all the decorative elements, including furniture, that would form part of the building. The admiration felt by modern designers for the furniture designed by Gaudí has not gone unnoticed by Bd which was the first company to rescue them from history by embarking on their serial production using traditional art and craft techniques and the same materials –varnished solid oak– in order to reproduce all the rich detail displayed by the originals when they were first produced.
|Seat height||45 cm|