First Edition BBPR 'Giulietta' Lounge Chair in Red Upholstery
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Studio B.B.P.R. for Arflex, 'Giulietta' lounge chair, fabric, lacquered metal and wood, Italy, 1958.
Begiojoso, Peressutti and Rogers of the B.B.P.R. office designed this armchair Giulietta; An elegant lounge chair with a wide seat. The sculpted seat contains a high back with wide wings. The wigs flow over into wide armrests, that slightly point upwards. Lifted by a slim, metal base, that is finished with wooden feet that is characteristic for the early edition of this chair. With this model BBPR won the cover of the magazine Domus (no. 372 – November 1960).
Domus number 372, november 1960, on cover. Domus num. 372, november 1960, p. 45-46
BBPR was an architectural partnership founded 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 acrononym formed from the first letters of their family names. The partnership was founded in opposition to Fascism and they wanted to develop a style that had no references to contemporary politics. During WW II, Gianluigi Banfi died in the camps of the Nazi's whereas the others where also severely defined by this era. They also strongly reacted against the International style by enriching their buildings with medieval references.