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  • Scandinavian purity and sobriety best define the work of Timo Sarpaneva, born in 1926 Finland to a family of weavers and blacksmiths. His upbringing led him naturally to an early vocation as a craftsman, while his sensitivity for beauty, skill and innovation drove him just as naturally to study design at the Institute for Industrial Arts in Helsinki. Immediately following his graduation, he is hired as a designer by the historical Iittala glassware company.

  • Father of the “Danish modern” style, Finn Juhl (1912-1989) designed in one day in 1949 one of his most iconic pieces: the Chieftain chair. Made in collaboration with the cabinetmaker Niels Vodder, it was originally created in teak and leather; its individual components are symbols of traditional objects, particularly native American: the wide armrests evoke horse saddles, the framework of the backrest bows, and the backrest itself both an Amerindian headdress and a shield.

  • Designer, architect, theoretician and creator, Carlo Scarpa is an essential figure of 20th century art, to the likeness of Frank Lloyd Wright or Le Corbusier. Ripe with honors and awards from around the world, his architectural creations have entered the public psyche.

  • The renowned Daum factory, showcasing French expertise, has maintained the excellence of its artistic creativity and technical qualities for 140 years. Created in 1878 by Jean Daum in Nancy and developed by his sons Auguste and Antonin Daum, the crystal manufacturing company has constantly evolved and profoundly influenced glassware and decorative arts in the 20th century. 


Wednesday, May 17 2017 - 6pm Warren McArthur (1885-1961) «Unabashed Design», from an american collection Warren McArthur : Quintessential 1930s Hollywood Design

WARREN MCARTHUR : QUINTESSENTIAL 1930’S HOLLYWOOD DESIGN

The next of PIASA’s twice-yearly specialist auctions of American Design, to be held on Wednesday 17 May 2017, will be acccompanied by an ensemble by the great American designer Warren McArthur (1885-1961), whose iconic style marked an entire generation.
With its clean, elegant lines and aluminium tubing, McArthur’s furniture epitomized 1930s Hollywood.

His pioneering recourse to metal and aluminium gave furniture design a breath of fresh air, and was much admired in interwar Europe.