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Domingo the carpenter

In the sixties, Eivissa (Ibiza) was still a paradise barely polluted by modernity, where the rural culture survived, to which Domingo belonged, an old carpenter who along with his young nephew, who he had made his assistant, was still working in the upper part of Dalt Vila. Domingo used the solid wood of the island junipers to which he formed with the saw, the brush, the chisel, and the mortise…the most traditional tools that he handled with dexterity. And in fact, many of the chairs and tables were bought for houses of the members of the large colony of German,...

The chair of Homar

The most admired area of 20th century Barcelona is known as the Quadrat d'Or, the most central part of the Ensanche designed by the engineer Ildefons Cerdà, in which the well-to-do families of Catalonia decided to set up, promoting the construction of unique buildings in the most flourishing era of modernism. The Boixareu, owners of the thriving textile industries that prospered under the auspices of the First World War, decided to occupy the principal of these estates, they decorated without cost restraint in the style of modernism. The furniture maker entrusted...

End-of-course work

The Gestalt Institute, the design school that advocated a technological and engineering option, proposed to its third year students an end-of-course project in which they should determine what, in their opinion, was the chair that best responded to the needs of the user anatomically, functionally, technically and economically. The work was very complex for the students who wanted to review the foremost designs made since 1914, that is to say, from the moment that the concepts of functionality, rationalism and industrialization definitively established themselves...

The best chair

Raül, an industrial designer, born and educated in Barcelona, with a master's degree from the Royal College of Art in London, and his wife, Candelaria, an interior designer from Gran Canaria, wanted to give their daughter some domestic object as a wedding gift. When asked what she wanted, Helena asked them for a chair for her desk. She let them choose, but she asked for the best chair, the most comfortable, the most practical, the most anatomical ... and the most modern. Searching for the most suitable seat, the parents refreshed their knowledge by checking...

Saint Atilano in his chair

As theAragonese are peaceful and ordinary men, no more typical than the “auroras” that they sing in Tarazona to the glorious Saint Atilano, patron of the city, and present the heavenly man sitting in his chair: “Tarazona is filled with joy because he has a child of faith and religion and he is named the glorious Atilano who benefits us with his protection. Happy scene: we have him seated in his chair in his own house where he was born”

Manuel de Falla and his bunker of chairs

Manuel de Falla, the Spanish composer, was very much a hypochondriac. He didn’t have a strong constitution, but also suffered from minor illnesses (headaches, digestive disorders and rheumatic pains). He was so apprehensive that he was even afraid of the energetic hugs that the painter Zuloaga, a strongly built man from the Basque Country, gave him. Zuloaga recounted how he went to visit Falla in Granada, and the musician’s sister warned him not to get too close and hug him, because he was very weak. Zuloaga found him surrounded by chairs, protected in a...
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