Studio B.B.P.R. - Design London Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan

  • Literature

    Gio Ponti, 'Un arredamento degli architetti Banfi, Belgioioso, Peressuti, Rogers', Domus, no. 128, August 1938, illustrated p. 6

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1932, after graduating from the Milan Polytechnic, the architects Gian Luigi Banfi, Ludovico Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti and Ernesto Nathan Rogers founded Studio BBPR based on their shared idea of the value of collectively designed work over that produced by the individual. While best known for their post-war architecture and urban planning, during the 1930s a large part of Studio BBPR’s practice focused on work for the Triennale and for individual clients, for which they designed custom-made works that were rigorous in form yet retained a strong human focus. The present two cabinets were designed by Studio BBPR as part of a commission for a Milanese apartment in the late 1930s. The cabinets’ vibrant blue painted doors are punctuated by holes that were originally designed for ventilation. While intended for the utilitarian space of the kitchen, the series of openings animate and structure the overall form of the two brightly coloured cabinets, uniting the designs' practical and aesthetic function.


Two cabinets

circa 1938
Painted wood, cherry-veneered wood, partially painted mahogany, fibreboard, glass.
Each: 191 x 119.6 x 46 cm (75 1/4 x 47 1/8 x 18 1/8 in.)

£30,000 - 50,000 Ω

Sold for £27,720

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Antonia King

Head of Sale, Design



London Auction 30 June 2021