Bernardo Mazzei | Anauco Aalto, 2011 | Aluminium bars, steel allen screws, cow leather
Bernardo Mazzei
Bernardo Mazzei | Anauco Aalto, 2011 | Aluminium bars, steel allen screws, cow leather
Bernardo Mazzei
Bernardo Mazzei

Bernardo Mazzei

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, 1957; lives and works in Caracas, Venezuela

I have always had great respect for other design traditions: the principles of Bauhaus, Italian, and Scandinavian design, and the idea of using aluminum profiles in furniture has always been attractive to me. Why aluminum? It is a formidable metal that is perfect for the rigors of contemporary living: light, recyclable, as noble as wood, impervious to rust, and very appealing. The simple fact that airplanes cannot fly without it lends a romantic aspect to this ubiquitous metal. I also celebrate the influence of popular culture in the history of furniture, and this celebration is evident in pieces like Anauco Aalto, a contemporary reinterpretation of a precolonial Venezuelan chair from the Cumanagoto people. Polished aluminum replaces wood, and rawhide is woven in a manner similar to how Alvar Aalto and other modernists used weaving in the mid-twentieth century. The results are sleek and elegant pieces of indoor/outdoor furniture that function brilliantly, even in public spaces.

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