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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the manufacturer

  • Exhibited

    Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, April 17-22, 2012

  • Catalogue Essay

    Like the ‘Luminous table’ designed by Tokujin Yoshioka (see lot 66), these glass benches were produced by the preeminent Italian industrial glass producer GlasItalia. Each a one-off prototype, they were created during a lengthy experimental research process which led to a final production offering, necessarily different from these tour de force first examples, which premiered in April at the 2012 Salone del Mobile in Milan. Fukasawa, former head of IDEO’s Tokyo office, and generally considered to be an ‘industrial designer’s designer’, has created now-iconic works for MUJI, Vitra, B&B Italia, Driade, Magis, Artemide, Danese and Boffi which, in their totality, are representative of a Dieter Rams tenant: minimum design/maximum functionality. Fukasawa’s ‘Bent Glass Bench’ shown is to me his most lyrical work to date, transforming a potentially stagnant object into a ¡uid, breaking wave.

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Two prototype ‘Bent Glass Benches’

2012
Bent glass.
Each: approximately 18 7/8 x 78 3/8 x 20 1/2 in (48 x 199 x 52cm)
Produced by GlasItalia, Italy (2).

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $15,000

Moss

16 October 2012
New York