Studio BBPR for Olivetti 'Spazio' Shelving System in Metal
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Studio BBPR for Olivetti, 'Spazio' shelving system, metal, plastic, Italy, 1960
The 'Spazio' series was designed by Studio BBPR for Olivetti in 1960. The design won the Compasso d'Oro Award in 1962. Functionality plays a major role in this freestanding shelving system. This is established by the possibility to freely rearrange the structure to your personal preferences. Par example, you can use it simultaneously as a storage facility and room divider. In addition, this item is consisting out of five columns in different widths accompanied by multiple shelves; one large cabinet is joined by four smaller ones, two of them contain elongated doors, holding great storage space. The honesty of construction and industrial texture of the grey colored metal, makes this long wall-unit a truly unique piece to store and showcase your valued belongings.
BBPR was an architectural partnership founded in Milan in 1932 by Gianluigi Banfi (1910-1945), Lodovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso (1909-2004), Enrico Peressutti (1908-1976) and Ernesto Nathan Rogers (1909-1969). BBPR was thus an acronym formed from the first letters of their family names. The partnership was founded in opposition to Fascism and their purpose was to develop a style that had no references to contemporary politics. During the Second World War, they all joined the resistance. However, Rogers, a Jew, fled to Swiss and both Belgiojoso and Banfi were deported to the Mauthausen concentration camp, where Banfi died in 1945. After the war, the others returned to Milan and continued to spread their ideas further. Especially during the 1950s, they created many of their great projects. With their designs, they strongly reacted against the International Style by enriching their buildings with medieval references.
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