Studio BBPR for Olivetti 'Spazio' Desk with Drawers
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Studio BBPR for Olivetti, 'Spazio' desk with drawers, steel, vinyl, plastic, Italy, ca. 1960
The desk features two compartments of drawers. A purple vinyl tabletop combines wonderfully with the metal base in soft green/grey colored metal. The legs end in black circular feet. Admirable patina contributes to the unique look of the item. The 'Spazio' series was designed by Studio BBPR for Olivetti in 1960. It won the Compasso d'Oro Award in 1962. Today the desk of the 'Spazio' series is featured in the MoMA permanent collection.
Studio B.B.P.R. 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 acronym formed from the first letters of their family names. The partnership was founded in opposition to Fascism. BBPR 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 were also severely defined by this era.
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