Studio Tetrarch - Design & Design Art New York Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980, Milan, 1985, p. 295; Designed for Delight: Alternative Aspects of Twentieth-Century Decorative Arts, exh. cat., Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, 1997, p. 276, fig. 188

  • Catalogue Essay

    “…the “Tablecloth” table was crated as a provocative answer to the incapacity prevalent among the majority of designers of that particular period to interpret correctly the use of a new material like plastic…  In fact, with very few exceptions, this new material and all its derivatives that were about to invade the market came to be used, especially early on, in imitation of other materials already widely used in design, such as wood, iron, etc.  In order to denounce such misuse, we wanted to give a further twist to the argument by imitating a fabric tablecloth, conferring on it the ‘reality’ of a table.  Paradoxically, this was meant to be a friendly admonition and a lighthearted reproach to our fellow designers, almost as if we had wanted to tell them to be careful, because imitating the ‘ways’ of wood and iron, one could end up not only confusing one material with another, taking away their own semantic identity, but even mixing up form and content, that is to say, in our case, tablecloth and table.”   --Enrico De Munari, 1995 (from a letter to the MMDA, 1995, reproduced in Designed for Delight, 1997)


“Tovaglia” table

ca. 1969
Gel-coated GRP.
18 1/8 x 42 x 42 in. (46 x 106.7 x 106.7 cm)
Manufactured by Alberto Bazzani, Italy and distributed by Stendig, USA.

$20,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $25,000

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York