“We should work for simple, good, undecorated things….but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street.”
Our new exhibition embraces remarkable examples of the XX century furniture design. This time we present a selection of furniture by Dom Hans van der Laan, Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, accompanied with lighting by Peter Johansson and the works of Pierre Chapo and Mathieu Mategot, among others selected from the gallery’s design collection.
All three architects in their work were guided by deep understanding of our perception of space and the holistic personal experiences these spaces create. Each of them has a principle of Gesammtkunstwerk as an underlying idea that is traced through their lifelong work. Thus the furniture they designed should be always recognized as a key part of a bigger picture, as a means to construct a certain atmosphere, a specific mood and an engaging experience for each one entering a room.
The modesty of expression together with an extraordinary sophistication of execution and high consideration for details and craftsmanship, make their designs timeless and genuinely appreciated.
In this show we employ the concept of Gesammtkunstwerk, aiming to build an experience of contemplating the pieces. We follow the Van der Laan’s idea of ordered arrangement of different forms and pursue the Aalto’s belief in superiority of harmony. With this exhibition we construct a space around the objects provoking captivating involvement of the viewer.
Monkish austerity so characteristic of Hans van der Laan, combined with carefully curated experimentation spirit of Bauhaus mirrors the identity of DADA Studios.
DOM HANS VAN DER LAAN
Dom Hans Van Der Laan is a Dutch architect, one of the leading figures of the School of Bossche and architectural movement based on numerical relationships. The key to understanding his architectural and design approach is experience. For him it is not subjective, but based on the proportional properties of space and can be regulated mathematically. He developed the concept of plastic number and perfect ratio, based on the human proportions, that guided his designs. He believed that these principles act beyond practical design methodology and allow to appeal directly to a spiritual nature of the people.
In 1960 Van Der Laan designed the Monastery of Vaals together with the benches and tables presented at our exhibition.
Alvar Aalto is a Finnish architect, designer, painter and sculptor. His magnificent career spans from the 1920’s to 1970’s and embraces different styles and movements. From Nordic Classicism of his early work, to a rational International Style Modernism during the 1930’s to a more organic Modernism from the 1940’s onwards. His furniture is a benchmark of Scandinavian Modernism.
However, his vision of design as a Gesammtkunstwerk - a total work of art - is very characteristic to all his work, as he would always give a special consideration for every detail from the interior surfaces of the buildings he designed, to glassware. Like the celebrated Savoy Vase he created together with his wife for Savoy restaurant in 1937. His innovative approach to furniture design is what he would be always especially valued for. In this selection we present a series of Aalto’s three-legged stools from different periods of his career. From the very first pieces he produced in 1930’s to the 1950’s and 1960´s examples manufactured by Artek - a company founded by Alvar and his companions in 1935 that keeps materializing his ageless ideas. The floor lamp A805 also manufactured by Artek in 1953, often being referred to as “Angel’s Wing” for a very characteristic shape of its shade, is a classic representative of a “new housing ideology” the company aimed to propagate.
Marcel Breuer is a Hungarian architect and designer. He is one of the brightest representatives of the Bauhaus School and together with Walter Gropius was spreading the influence of its philosophy first to the United Kingdom and later to the USA. He is well known for his distinguished architectural practice, but it is also his iconic tubular chairs and stools, like the B9T stool, he designed for Thonet, presented in this selection, that immediately come to mind. His bold experimentation with forms and materials resulted in truly outstanding furniture pieces. A set of nesting tables, featuring in this show, serve as a legendary illustration of his masterful work with plywood.