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BBPR Studio

After having presented a beautiful Paulin exhibition, the French gallery de
Casson-Méron is presenting the creations of Studio BBPR.

Founded in 1932, BBPR Studio, formed by the initials of four Italian
architects-designers - Gian Luigi Banfi (1910-1945), Ludovico Belgioso
(1909), Enrico Peressuti (1908-1976) and Ernesto Nathan Rogers (1909-1968),
played a precursor role. Adherents of the rationalist movement, the
members of the group worked for the requirements of industry with the idea
that design has an important social task to accomplish.

During the fifties, BBPR intensified its activities and had, in conjunction
with its contemporaries - the Castiglioni brothers, Gio Ponti and Ettore
Sottsass among others, a major influence on Italian culture. Their
creations concerned many different fields: building and furnishing of United
Nations’ Pavilion for Milan’s Triennial in 1954, building of Valesco Tower
in 1956, interior decoration for the famous Olivetti firm in New-York in
1954, without mentioning the numerous private realizations.

Starting from the sixties, these prestigious orders allowed Studio BBPR to
realize many design projects, where the principle of functionality copied
directly architecture. Its creations were then spread by famous producers
specialized in industrial products, like Arflex who produced their chairs in
mass production.

BBPR Studio also initiated a close collaboration with Olivetti and created a
series of office furniture in metal, known under the name of ‘Spazio’ and
‘Arco’, which benefited from Olivetti’s internationally acclaimed fame.
This very functional furniture, with its modular elements, echoed Jean
Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand’s main preoccupations. It remains the most
remarkable creation of the Studio.

Galerie de Casson - Méron
May 31 to July 26 2001-05-25
45, bvd Vincent Auriol – 75013 Paris – France
tel : + 33 1 45869476


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