Pierluigi Spadolini for 1P 'Boccio' Dining Set with Table and Six Chairs
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Pierluigi Spadolini for 1P (Permaflex), 'Boccio' dining set with table and six chairs, polyurethane resin, Italy, 1972
This dining set is designed by Italian architect and designer (1922-2000) Pierluigi Spadolini for 1P. In the 1960s and 1970s, there was an explosion of shapes, colors, and materials in decorative arts. The use of organic forms and plastics in this design places the table in the Pop Art era, reminiscent of the contemporaneous experimentation of avant-garde sculptors. Designers moved away from traditional production methods towards innovative design techniques. Furniture from the 1960s and 1970s was influenced by advancements in technology, leading to a wider variety of materials being used. Designers began to incorporate new materials, such as inflatable PVC, disposable cardboard, latex and polyester foam, into furniture design. These materials allowed for the creation of soft, organic shapes that promoted relaxation and comfort. Additionally, plastic in various forms, including hard, smooth, and shiny, became popular, as well as intense, fashionable colors. American, Italian, and Finnish designers were particularly successful in promoting and distributing plastic furniture. The red table was designed with functionality in mind and aimed to fully utilize the technical capabilities of the material used in its production. Polyurethane resin, which is used for the entire construction, enabled Spadolini to create geometric and organic forms with a smooth finish. The base is molded into a concave shape with a streamlined and curvilinear layout as result. The six chairs perfectly fit under the table top when not in use. The chairs, along with the table, form a solid unit when closed, like the petals of a flower that close at night. The deep black color in combination with the used material and final construction ensure that it can be placed as a visual statement in one's interior.
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