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Silla Thonet número 14 | Borja López Cotelo
18-10-2019 No Comments

Silla Thonet número 14 | Borja López Cotelo

The chair number 14 emerged from the factory of Michael Thonet in 1859. He did not receive a name, he simply identified with the number 14 according to practical criteria. This fact largely summarizes the revolutionary philosophy that Thonet introduced in the production of furniture. In the mid-nineteenth century the furniture was manufactured by hand. Skilled workers and patients were […]

Botas Ghirlanda → Malaparte → Godard → Cavani | Jorge Gorostiza
04-10-2019 No Comments

Botas Ghirlanda → Malaparte → Godard → Cavani | Jorge Gorostiza

Recently, surfing the net, I found the picture Gulf of Capri, which Juan Manuel Botas Ghirlanda painted in the first decade of the last century and whose reproduction attached on this text. It is curious that the pictures and almost everything, is now seen more on the screens than in reality, although the impression is not the same. When I […]

Red and blue chair. Gerrit T. Rietveld | Borja López Cotelo
20-09-2019 No Comments

Red and blue chair. Gerrit T. Rietveld | Borja López Cotelo

In 1917 the cartography of the new Europe was drawn to the rhythm of the Allied cannons. Gerrit T. Rietveld, busy in the daily work of his furniture workshop in Utrech, remained oblivious to this reality. He preferred to draw the plans of a new chair. Gerrit T. Rietveld had worked in his father’s workshop since 1900. At twelve he […]

The other Caligari | Jorge Gorostiza
26-07-2019 No Comments

The other Caligari | Jorge Gorostiza

Writing about Doctor Caligari’s cabinet, I discovered The Cabinet of Caligari, an American film in CinemaScope, but in black and white, produced and directed by Roger Kay in 1962, with a script by Robert Bloch, who had written the novel in which based Psycho. His argument is conventional, a tire is punctured by the car of the protagonist who travels […]

Leica | Borja López Cotelo
12-07-2019 No Comments

Leica | Borja López Cotelo

Por suerte, nuestra mente no está formada por compartimentos estancos. Al menos, no la de Oskar Barnack. Había trabajado desde 1911 en el desarrollo de una cámara de cine para la empresa Leitz, pero todo cambió cuando se preguntó qué pasaría si exportase ciertas ideas al diseño de una cámara fotográfica. Las incómodas planchas metálicas hacían de la fotografía una […]

Interiors that act | Jorge Gorostiza
28-06-2019 No Comments

Interiors that act | Jorge Gorostiza

A few months ago, preparing a lecture that I was going to give at the School of Architecture of Valladolid, invited by GIRAC, I was looking for more information about Albert Bela Viragh, a scenographer I had already written about, and I found an advertisement for the movie Empty Ams directed by Frank Reicher, published in several American film magazines […]

Egg Chair. Arne Jacobsen | Borja López Cotelo
14-06-2019 No Comments

Egg Chair. Arne Jacobsen | Borja López Cotelo

When crossing the door of the Radisson SAS, hotel, on the bustling Vesterbrogade avenue, something strange happens. Time seems suspended. On the other side of the street, the Tivoli faces its dreamlike exuberance to the strict geometry that Arne Jacobsen drew for his tower in the Center of Copenhagen. But in the lobby of the Radisson, everything seems to respond […]

Esquizo. Ricardo Bofill, Paolo Portoghesi and José Luis Guarner | Jorge Gorostiza
07-06-2019 No Comments

Esquizo. Ricardo Bofill, Paolo Portoghesi and José Luis Guarner | Jorge Gorostiza

It often happens that looking for something in a newspaper or magazine, you will find something else, sometimes more interesting, than the one originally wanted. This has happened recently in the newspaper library of La Vanguardia, where I found an article that links two architects with a film and a film critic. The architects are Paolo Portoghesi and Ricardo Bofill, the film […]

Ant Chair. Arne Jacobsen | Borja López Cotelo
24-05-2019 No Comments

Ant Chair. Arne Jacobsen | Borja López Cotelo

Arne Jacobsen considered himself, above all, an architect. But the transcendence of his furniture has made him recognized as an industrial designer, something he always tried to escape. Jacobsen believed that design, architecture and the arts could function as a whole, according to the ideas of gesamtkunstwerk. This ideal of artistic synthesis led him to design the chair 3100 for […]

Cinema and architectural heritage | Jorge Gorostiza
17-05-2019 No Comments

Cinema and architectural heritage | Jorge Gorostiza

It will be very difficult to forget the first time I saw The battleship Potemkin, the film directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein in 1925, was at the end of the seventies in a party organized by the newly legalized Communist Party of Spain, inside the Castle of La Luz, in what is now the Martín Chirino Art and Thought Foundation. […]

Trauner, a matchbox | Jorge Gorostiza
03-05-2019 No Comments

Trauner, a matchbox | Jorge Gorostiza

Undoubtedly, Alexandre Trauner was one of the best film set designers in history. In 1987, an exhibition with his drawings was organized at the Dau al Set Gallery in Barcelona, while the first edition of the Barcelona Film Festival was held. The La Vanguardia newspaper published an interview with the teacher, signed by Felix Flores, which reproduces some of the topics that […]

An architect woman at Disney | Jorge Gorostiza
05-04-2019 No Comments

An architect woman at Disney | Jorge Gorostiza

In an issue of the Glamor of Hollywood magazine of 1941, an article entitled «Girls at work for disney», was published, with the subtitle «The great cartonist opens up new careers for talented girls in his Hollywood studio».  This article begins by explaining: «Until a few months ago the work of animating characters in the Walt Disney studios was purely […]

Advertising with architect | Jorge Gorostiza
22-03-2019 No Comments

Advertising with architect | Jorge Gorostiza

On other occasions, some advertisements published in film magazines have already been mentioned in this space, in which an architect or a building appears in their images, related to the cinematographic activity. A few days ago I found the one that is reproduced above, in a number of Moving Picture World appeared in November 1920. In this ad, signed in […]

Monumental Cinema by Casto Fernéndez-Shaw | Jorge Gorostiza
15-03-2019 No Comments

Monumental Cinema by Casto Fernéndez-Shaw | Jorge Gorostiza

Reviewing the work of the architect Casto Fernández-Shaw, I have found that many issues of his magazine Cortijos y rascacielos are digitized and can be accessed at Memoria de Madrid. In number three of that magazine, published in the winter of 1930, one of his visionary projects was published, in this case the Monumental Cinema, of which only the illustration […]

Designers, artists and craftsmen. Or what do we mean by innovation | Elías Cueto
08-03-2019 No Comments

Designers, artists and craftsmen. Or what do we mean by innovation | Elías Cueto

Innovation is a term whose meaning is broad. Referring to wood helps to specify the scope of work, but it does not record it sufficiently. There is innovation in wood linked to consolidated fields of knowledge. From forest engineering, or the mechanics of materials to industrial transformation or the chemical digestion of wood, all these fields have given rise to […]

Dictators and the cinema | Jorge Gorostiza
15-02-2019 No Comments

Dictators and the cinema | Jorge Gorostiza

A few weeks ago at a dinner, a friend said that despite everything that interests us and likes the cinema, we should not forget that almost all dictators had also been very fond of the seventh art; She mentioned Hitler, Mussolini and Franco, I added Stalin, without remembering then the movie El círculo del poder. Directed by Andréi Mijalkov Konchalovski […]

Concentration camp architects | Jorge Gorostiza
11-01-2019 No Comments

Concentration camp architects | Jorge Gorostiza

Today, when racism grows, supported by groups and political parties that take advantage of hatred to gain supporters and votes, today it is fundamental to remember what happened and nobody could believe that it was happening, because it could not be conceived that educated people, belonging to a advanced country, cultured and European, nor any human being, was able to […]

Lucas Masen, Lucas Maasen, Lukas Massen, Lucas Mazen… | Elías Cueto
28-12-2018 No Comments

Lucas Masen, Lucas Maasen, Lukas Massen, Lucas Mazen… | Elías Cueto

In the work of Lucas Maassen chairs are almost everywhere and are accompanied by interesting reflections on the processes that give shape, meaning or intensity to objects. From the manufacturing process to the process of assessment or perception of a design by society, the consumer, etc. The last work of the Dutchman is Maasen & Sons, a chair design in […]

Papal chairs | Elías Cueto - Xosé Suárez
16-11-2018 No Comments

Papal chairs | Elías Cueto – Xosé Suárez

The aspect and the history of the chairs of “his holiness” are illustrative of the claimed dignity to which they serve as seat. Of between the used ones for the pontiffs it emphasizes “the gestatoria”. Left definitively by Juan Paul II, it is the obliged modal in what to papal chairs it refers. Curiously, some voices indicate the interest of […]

The ministries of 1984 | Jorge Gorostiza
09-11-2018 No Comments

The ministries of 1984 | Jorge Gorostiza

Studying the cities and armored buildings against the aerial bombings, I remembered the design with a warhead shape made by Terence Verity,, the scenographer of the movie 1984 (Michael Anderson, 1956), for the London ministries, which George Orwell describes in his novel: “The Ministry of Truth: it was different, to an astonishing extent, from any other object that came to view.” […]

Are we softening ourselves? | Elías Cueto
07-09-2018 No Comments

Are we softening ourselves? | Elías Cueto

Daisuke Motori is a young Japanese architect whose work, the informal and the domestic, is often a source of inspiration and gives rise to objects that go along with an accomplice. One of his first works is Lost in sofa, a somewhat ironic version of the Kubus sofa designed by Josef Hoffmann. In 1910 the architect of the Secession submitted […]

Spaces in the emptiness | Jorge Gorostiza
17-08-2018 No Comments

Spaces in the emptiness | Jorge Gorostiza

A spaceship of the airline Bread Am (Bread American World Airways) crosses the terrestrial orbit, transports only a passenger and is sleeping, in the support of the seat that has ahead there is a flushed screen, similar to those who have the current planes, is the Doctor Heywood Floyd and course goes to the Space Station V. What can turns […]

A 100 Chairs in 100 days | Xosé Suárez
20-07-2018 No Comments

A 100 Chairs in 100 days | Xosé Suárez

The project “A 100 Chairs in 100 days” by the Italian designer Martino Gamper focuses on the idea of manufacturing unique objects from other pre-existing and discarded objects. The project consists of the construction of 100 chairs in a period of time limited to 100 days with the remains of others collected for years on the streets of London. The […]

Jacinto Esteva, filmmaker and architect | Jorge Gorostiza
22-06-2018 No Comments

Jacinto Esteva, filmmaker and architect | Jorge Gorostiza

Sometimes in the department store of provinces unsuspected findings take place. It does very little visiting increasingly limited section of videoes of one of them, I found a jewel buried between enormous boxes of popular series, the edition that they have done the Film library of Catalonia and Cameo with Jacinto Esteva‘s work. A really very elegant, exquisite edition – […]

The expectation of the modern thing | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho
08-06-2018 No Comments

The expectation of the modern thing | Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho

In 1957 Paulo Mendes da Rocha designs the chair “Paulistano” for the lounges of the Gymnasium of São Paulo’s Athletic Club. It suits to rescue this brief description in technical which in the design and social commitment they look like two faces of the same currency: “The chair is done by pipe of steel, which is very cheap. It is […]

The death of the cinema and the architecture | Jorge Gorostiza
13-04-2018 No Comments

The death of the cinema and the architecture | Jorge Gorostiza

After expiring more than one century, the cinema, the seventh art called and more young woman of all of them, the most ancient has been related by other six, between them the Architecture, possibly. Relations that enough times have been analyzed and from diverse points of view, though always new someone arises, for example, might propose impertinent studies him as: the […]

The electric chair | Elías Cueto
02-02-2018 No Comments

The electric chair | Elías Cueto

No todas las sillas son cómodas. Algunas son deliberada y profundamente incómodas. Es el caso de la eléctrica, una “creación” sobre la que Mary Bellis ha escrito en el marco de su trabajo sobre inventos e inventores. Es posible conocer todos los detalles de este diseño a través de “Edison and the electric chair: A Story of light and Death” […]

The first cinematographic women architects | Jorge Gorostiza
05-01-2018 No Comments

The first cinematographic women architects | Jorge Gorostiza

In the previous post he was speaking about the first cinematographic set designers. In these days I am updating the list of the movies in which there appears a personage who appears to be an architect, one of the topics of my book The supposed image, which movies is gathered in one of the first income from my blog, and […]

The first women art director | Jorge Gorostiza
08-12-2017 No Comments

The first women art director | Jorge Gorostiza

The investigator Mexican Elisa Lozano, whom already I mentioned immediately after the publication of his fundamental book on Manuel Fontanals, has said to me does so that there is finishing his work about Lucero Isaac,, the first cinematographic Mexican art director. The certain thing is that in the area of the scenery for the cinema the same thing has happened that […]