Kazuhide Takahama 'Mantilla' Sofa Model 225 in Velvet
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Kazuhide Takahama, 'Mantilla' sofa model 225, velvet, Italy, design 1973
Stunning 'Mantilla' sofa by Japanese designer Kazuhide Takahama designed in 1973. The name 'Mantilla' was given by Takahama due to the fact that the fabric covers up the actual sofa like a mantel (fireplace). The temporary expression it gets due to the fabric that seems to rest loose on the sofa creates a dynamic look. By pure chance the fabric seems to be draped over the sofa. The lines structure the surface and create a play of shadows.
Kazuhide Takahama (1930-2010) was a Japanese designer born in Mijasaki, Japan. After graduating from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1953, Kazuhide Takahama designed the Japanese Pavilion for the Milan Triennale. Here he met Dino Gavina and over the next decade, Takahama designed several pieces for Gavina. Later he also collaborated with B&B Italia, Simon and Knoll just to name a few. Takahama's designs are clear in line and shape and have a high-quality design. With the functionalist approach to modernism, he designed with a Japanese sense of material and aesthetics conveniently combined with Western elements.
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