Joseph Savina Side Table in Oak
Joseph Savina, side table, oak, France, circa 1955
Designed by the Frenchman Joseph Savina, this side table is a testament to exquisite craftsmanship and profound artistry. Its cross-shaped base is composed of four rectangular legs, intricately decorated with ornate carvings. Simplicity is perceptible in its overall design, marked by distinct geometric elements, including the round tabletop and the open base with a linear, uncluttered profile.
Joseph Savina (1901-1983), a skilled Breton cabinetmaker and sculptor, was an integral member of the Seiz Breur art movement, heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. He emerged as the principal woodworker within this group and established a workshop in Tréguier, France. Notably, he maintained a close friendship and collaboration with the renowned architect Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier entrusted Savina to produce some of his sculptures, a testament to Savina's remarkable skill in reinventing regional furniture with a radical modern approach. Their initial meeting in 1935 marked the beginning of a lasting friendship founded on mutual respect and admiration. The two artists frequently exchanged ideas, with Corbusier particularly admiring the "sense of plasticity" present in Savina's work. Savina also brought to life carvings based on Corbusier's drawings.
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