B J Robinson on a Thonet by George Dureau

B J Robinson on a Thonet

Part of the Mark Isaacson and Greg Nacozy Collection on aution at Wright.

Rare Turin Stock Exchange Chair by Roberto Gabetti and Aimaro Isola

For sale at an upcoming Wright Auction

About Roberto Gabetti and Aimaro Isola

Roberto Gabetti was born in Turin in 1925. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Turin, where he wrote his thesis with Giovanni Muzio. Gabetti was quickly hired by the university after graduating in 1949 and he worked as an aid to his former Professor Carlo Mollino. Aimaro Oreglia d’Isola was born in Turin in 1928 and, like Gabetti, also graduated from the Polytechnic University of Turin. Gabetti and Isola began their iconic partnership in 1950. The pair designed architecture in the Neoliberty style, which was in reaction against the rationalist and international modern styles that had dominated the architectural practice in much of Italy. Instead, the Neoliberty movement favored a return to the historicism that was so prevalent before World War I. Gabetti and Isola created numerous influential public buildings in Italy, including the Turin Stock Exchange and The Museum of Antiquities as well as many ecclesiastical structures. Their work was considered controversial for turning against modernism, yet was also critically acclaimed, and the pair received many accolades for their buildings, including the Primo Bioclo Lab award for sustainable architecture, the International Stone Architecture Award, as well as several juried awards for best architecture in Italy. In addition to designing buildings, the pair created furniture and lighting that utilized expressive decorative detailing and flowing lines. The pair worked together until the death of Gabetti in 2000.

Via Wright

Chair from the Johnson Wax building, Racine, Wisconsin, by Frank Lloyd Wright


Wright sold it for $35,000 at the Boyd Collection auction of November 7, 2019.

Singer Chair

 

Sold for $1,053 at Wright at a Boyd Collection auction. Designed for long seating in the Singer sewing machine factory.

Stool for Tabourettli Theater, Basel, by Santiago Calatrava


This Stool for the Tabourettli Theater in Basel, Switzerland, by Santiago Calatrava for de Sede was auctioned in September 2003 when Wright auctioned parts of the Michael and Gabriella Boyd Collection. For me it is the first time I notice a chair design by Santiago Calatrava .