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Superstudio
'ONOS' BED
fibreglass
41.5 x 236 x 202 cm (16  3/8  x 92  7/8  x 79  1/2  in.)
designed 1968
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Provenance

Private Collection, Milan
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Superstudio`s impact on Italy`s Radical design movement was preponderant. It was founded in 1966 in Florence, Italy, by architects Cristiano Toraldo di Francia and Adolfo Natalini – who would later join the Pistoia group. Architectural projects such as Supersuperficie or Twelve ideal cities suggest poetic yet radical interpretations of the role of design in the form of collages - white grid drawings blending human monumental designs with wide landscapes. Their projects would influence design and architecture for years to come at an international level, culminating in their participation in the cult 1972 exhibition at MOMA, entitled Italy: New Domestic Landscape alongside the likes of Ettore Sottsass, Gaetano Pesce or Joe Colombo. The designed furniture that accompanied their ideas, such as the ONOS bed, accompanied their larger-scaled projects and allowed them to confront their ideas all the way down to the scale of the human body. Mixing new materials, ergonomic shapes and without disregarding a certain playfulness, these pieces form a great account of their design ethos and discourse.

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