Bo Bardi - Palanti at Design Museum Gent

Design Museum Gent
Jan Breydelstraat 5, Gent, Belgium
25.10.2019 - 16.02.2020

As an architect, designer, scenographer, editor, writer and illustrator, Lina Bo Bardi was a woman of almost unlimited talent whose vision of design was in equal measures generous and uncompromising. 

Integrating architecture with the design of furniture, interiors, and often curating the programme of her public buildings, Lina aimed at producing common meanings and creating a bond between people and space. She pursued such ambition by mastering craft and fabrication processes in order to make apparent the natural and local qualities of the materials and cultures she worked with. Collaborations with people from diverse fields of interest were crucial to construct an extensive and shared body of knowledge. This is the case of Italian architect Giancarlo Palanti, with whom she founded the Estúdio de Arte e Arquitetura Palma in 1948, which designed and produced several furniture pieces.

Focusing especially on the work realised within the Estúdio Palma, this exhibition produced by Nilufar Gallery,  presents the largest collection of Lina’s furniture ever brought together. Many ofthe pieces displayed, mostly chairs and armchairs, are rare objects originating in Brazil. The unique combination of iconic and everyday in her furniture, each piece built for a specific purpose, is a powerful expression of Lina Bo Bardi’s generous and all-encompassing philosophy of design.

Photo credits Philip Dujardin
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