“Tarquinia Chair” by Roberto Matta

“The function of art is to unveil the enormous economic, cultural and emotional forces that materially interact in our lives and that constitute the real space in which we live.”

Roberto Matta was a celebrated painter and an equally talented furniture designer. His furniture design was strongly interconnected with his art, each creation was the result of a vision, no matter how it was labeled.

Lucano House

“With the completion of the Casa Lucano in 1951, a large apartment in the elegant Fiera district in the northwest of Milan, Gio Ponti reached the apex of his quest for the Fantasy Home, a type of house that echoes both Italian Metaphysical and French Surrealist art of the early and mid-twentieth century within the domestic realm. This approach has almost no equivalent in pre-war Europe except perhaps in Le Corbusier’s Beistegui apartment (1929-31) and Carlo Mollino’s Devalle apartment (1939-40). It is a testimony to the inspired patronage emerging from the dynamic cultural environment of that period. Soon after the war, Ponti harnessed those currents with resounding success in Milan, where he engaged in constant dialogue with his peers and his patrons among the enlightened Milanese society.”

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