The design and architecture have met during this month of June at the headquarters of the College of Architects of Mallorca with the presentation of the book Chairs and the exhibition on iconic designs of Andreu World, which houses the headquarters of the Official College of Architects of the Balearic Islands (COAIB). The exhibition includes creations by Patricia Urquiola, Jasper Morrison, Lievore Altherr Molina and Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, among others.
The inaugural act of the exhibition was attended by the dean of COAIB, Marta Vall·Llossera, and the COAIB Culture Council member, Guillem Tomás, accompanied by Jesús Llinares, CEO of Andreu World and Ramón Úbeda, who has been in charge of the editorial direction of this publication.
The exhibition, which could already be seen at the Madrid Design Festival, brings together a selection of iconic chairs by Patricia Urquiola, Jasper Morrison, Lievore Altherr Molina and Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, among others.
The dean of the COAIB recalled that great masters of architecture have entered the world of design, often as a complement to their architectural work, and cited as examples of this double creative side to Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Lluis Clotet, Óscar Tusquets or Pep Bonet.
The dean of the COAIB also pointed out that "to finish a project well, in order to maintain coherence and order, architecture must be linked to the interior space and the interior space needs a curious definition of the elements that make it up".
Jesús Llinares said that the objective was "to publish an educational book, where the evolution of the chair will be explained and there would also be dissemination of the design".
Prior to the inauguration, the Mallorcan historian Isabel del Río made a presentation of the book Chairs, history of the chair, published Editorial Gustavo Gili under the editorial direction of Ramón Úbeda, who, according to the dean, is one of the characters that " more has contributed in recent years in the dissemination of the design culture.
The publication, written by the journalist Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, includes the masterpieces that have marked a before and after in the history of design.
Throughout 16 chapters, Zabalbeascoa takes a tour of the chairs of the industrial age as the famous chairs in series Thonet, chairs-manifesto as those of Gerrit Th.Rietveld or Mies van der Rohe, or chairs of the same Technological ostentation and postmodern formalist, where proper names stand out as those of Frank O. Gehry, Philippe Starck or Jasper Morrison.
"The chair is the most designed object of the modern era. And, nevertheless, it is also the one that continues to be designed ... the chair is a value in itself. Hence, his story summarizes, in turn, the history of design” according to Zabalbeascoa.