Studio BBPR for Olivetti 'Spazio' Desk with Original Lamp
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Studio BBPR for Olivetti, 'Spazio' desk with lamp, metal, vinyl, plastic, Italy, ca. 1960
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 MoMA permanent collection.
The desk consists of two parts: The main desk and a small side table that can be placed in any preferred way. The legs end in black circular feet. An original adjustable desk light accompanies the table and contributes to the striking, authentic appearance of the desk. Admirable patina contributes to the unique look of the item.
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 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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