Many of the pioneering architects of the 20th century such as Pierre Jeanneret, Lina Bo Bardi, Alvar Aalto, Hans van der Laan, Kaare Klint, BBPR and Egon Eiermann did not draw a line between the building and its content. The seven Masters, to whom the concept of ‘building’ was continuous and equally important in architecture as it was in furniture. Both be in a perfect synchronicity.
In doing such they were distilling the means to spread modern design within a wide public. For these architects the urge to create buildings and objects with a notion where it is impossible to tell where the house ends and the furniture begins, providing a mastery of the entire context for how the interior and exterior spaces look alike.
In this exhibition, we explore this historically important interaction of the architect-designer. Two major mechanics of the processes by which architects have designed furniture during the 20th century will be highlighted; firstly, from a perspective to furnish their own buildings. A cohesion between architecture and design, between exterior and interior. Secondly, we look deeper into
designs meticulously exploring the complexity of furniture design at an equal level as
architectural creation. Almost like a smaller version of an entire vision into one single, simplified and strong object. A single piece which incorporates a life’s work.
Respecting the tendencies for those architects taking furniture as seriously as architecture; we want to put their oeuvre into a context, showing pivotal periods in their careers where their best work was created.
Nothing in architecture happens swiftly, the compulsive urge to design furniture gave them back the possibility of forefront newness, possibility of pushing existing boundaries, investigation of cutting edge materials. In order to create benefits by blurring the lines and convergence of the two previously distinct disciplines. Introducing another creative outlet for an in-depth exploration of human-scale works of architecture.