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Las cafeteras de Aldo Rossi | Borja López Cotelo
19-06-2020 No Comments

Las cafeteras de Aldo Rossi | Borja López Cotelo

Las cosas no siempre son lo que parecen. Una cafetera, por ejemplo, puede ser la puerta de entrada a un hombre y a una época1. En los dibujos de Aldo Rossi aparecen de manera recurrente anónimas cafeteras como fantasmas de un pasado recordado entre la niebla del Po. Del mismo modo que sus bocetos de maniquíes aluden a esa Clase […]

Compre los muebles de Mi tío | Jorge Gorostiza
22-05-2020 No Comments

Compre los muebles de Mi tío | Jorge Gorostiza

El pasado diciembre de 2019 se ha publicado en Film and Furniture que, como indica su nombre, se dedica a todo lo que tenga relación con el mobiliario que aparece en las pantallas, una noticia insólita, que es un indicio más de cómo funciona nuestro mundo actual. La empresa Domeau & Péres ha puesto a la venta la copia de tres muebles que estaban en la Casa Arpel de Mon […]

Paimio Chair | Borja López Cotelo
17-04-2020 No Comments

Paimio Chair | Borja López Cotelo

En la Europa de los años 30 la tuberculosis era una de las principales preocupaciones sanitarias. Por todo el continente se construían sanatorios para tratar a los infectados con una rutina que incluía baños de sol y largas horas de descanso respirando aire fresco. De acuerdo con estos ideales higienistas, e inspirado por el Zonnestraal de Duiker, Alvar Aalto proyectó […]

Silla BKF Chair | Borja López Cotelo
06-03-2020 No Comments

Silla BKF Chair | Borja López Cotelo

La Guerra Civil abocó a la emigración a muchos españoles. Aquellos que pudieron elegir, no siempre decidieron quedarse. Antonio Bonet Castellana había nacido en la España de 1913, como Coderch y como Alejandro de la Sota. Pero a Bonet el inicio de la guerra le sorprendió en París. Antonio Bonet había comenzado a trabajar con Sert y Torres i Clavé en 1932, […]

Cine y arquitectura | Jorge Gorostiza
28-02-2020 No Comments

Cine y arquitectura | Jorge Gorostiza

“Únicamente el cine puede dar la visión de la realidad tal y como es: el ojo no lo consigue. Por consiguiente el cine todavía sería más objetivo que el ojo.” Eric Rohmer La relación entre el cine y la arquitectura, puede ser vista desde muchos aspectos. Desde los documentales que se han hecho sobre determinado arquitecto o edificio; hasta los […]

The solitary dancer | arquitectamoslocos?
31-01-2020 No Comments

The solitary dancer | arquitectamoslocos?

Another day my colleague and virtual friend Javier Ibarrola hung on Facebook this magnificent photo: He is the painter Piet Mondrian with his picture Broadway Boogie Woogie. It looked like to me a fascinating photo and I commented on it with entusasmo. (Enthusiasm that still, and it gives me his force to attack this entry). I believe that the photo forms plastically an entire […]

Evasión del espacio | Pedro Hernández
03-01-2020 No Comments

Evasión del espacio | Pedro Hernández

En un texto reciente, publicado en la web de Vice, Dane Scott se pregunta sobre el porqué del éxito actual de la iluminación neón. Si bien el artículo obedece más a lo divulgativo y, por tanto, sólo se centra en repasar ciertos aspectos del tema — en el texto no aparecen, por ejemplo, ni la historia del desarrollo y expansión de […]

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 […]