Modernism in Japan and an Italian design classic

Kunio Mayekawa, a key figure of modern Japanese architecture, was born in 1905 in Niigata Prefecture in Japan. He entered First Tokyo Middle School in 1918, and then Tokyo Imperial University in 1925. After graduation in 1928, he travelled to France to apprentice with Le Corbusier. In 1930 he returned to Japan and worked with Antonin Raymond (a student of Frank Lloyd Wright), and in 1935 established his own office Mayekawa Kunio Associates. His own house has been described as his starting point, in which he brought the idea of ground level supporting columns inside the house, to create a two-storey space. The original house has been dismantled and relocated to the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

Interior view of Maekawa’s Tokyo home

The Tokyo home of Kunio Maekawa, one of Le Corbusier’s Japanese disciples

Maekawa house was originally built in 1942 during the wartime regime. The interior was a very exquisite blending of Japanese construction and Western functional taste.

A new Design Classic by Tacchini: Lina

Lina es la reedición de uno de los primeros proyectos diseñados por Gianfranco Frattini, uno de los grandes maestros del diseño italiano. Nominado al Compás de Oro en 1955, el sofá se caracteriza por una estructura de madera muy particular que le confiere un aspecto sólido al tiempo que ligero. Su singularidad radica en las finas patas y en el elemento curvado de madera contrachapada, que sostiene el lateral del respaldo y se convierte, a su vez, en sostén de los apoyabrazos. Una técnica muy innovadora para su época, llevada a cabo hoy con un cuidado histórico. Lina es un sillón de gran presencia que por su estilo atemporal se combina de manera natural con todos los sofás de la colección Tacchini, tanto en ambientes domésticos como en zonas contract.

Technical overview: W 78 D 78 H 76 cm – H seat 41 cm
Lina
Gianfranco Frattini
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