Studio BBPR for Olivetti Swivel Desk Chair in Black Leather

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Studio BBPR for Olivetti, desk swivel chair ‘Spazio’, metal, leather, 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.

This desk chair features clearly the characteristics and visual qualities of the BBPR designs. A wonderful airy yet strong appearance defines the chair. An admirable patina contributes to the value and expression of the chair. The honesty of constructive details, choice of materials combines in a striking way with the shape of lines. A star-like base on wheels carries the seat. The metal frame that connects all elements can be seen at the backrest. Seat, backrest and armrests are upholstered in black leather. Functional feature is the height adjustment of the seat.

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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Product details

  • Condition Good
  • Creator Olivetti (Manufacturer) Studio BBPR (Designer)
  • Date of Manufacture 1960s
  • Dimensions Height 35.44 in. Width 31.5 in. Depth 20.28 in. Seat Height 20.08 in.
  • Dimensions Height 90 cm Width 31.5 in. Depth 51.5 cm Seat Height 51 cm
  • Materials and Techniques Metal Leather
  • Period 1960-1969
  • Place of Origin Italy
  • Style Mid-Century Modern (of the period)