Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudi’s furniture in Dubai Design Week
BD Barcelona Design, the most prestigious Spanish art and design brand, has partnered with The Odd Piece, one of the most prominent modern and vintage galleries in the Gulf, that specialises in mid century pieces and contemporary furniture, lighting and home accessories of exceptional design. Together they will present the furniture collections by Salvador Dalı́ and Antoni Gaudı́ at the Dubai Design Week.
The Salvador Dalí Collection
BD’s relationship with the internationally renowned artist, Salvador Dalí, started in the early 70’s, when a young architect Oscar Tusquets (one of BD’s founders) became friends with the master. Oscar visited and was a regular attendee at the parties arranged at Dalí’s home in Cadaqués. Dalí was a great architecture fan, and soon commissioned Tusquets to design the Mae West room taken from his Mae West painting, which is now Dalí’s museum in Figueras. The first furniture project they did together was the famous lips sofa for that room in 1974.
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From then on Tusquets and Dalí became close friends, and Dalí appointed Tusquets a life member of the Salvador Dalí Foundation. In the late 80’s, BD was given permission to develop new pieces that Dalí designed to be produced as furniture like his Rinoceróntico Door Handle and Leda Armchair Sculpture, the later extracted from his “Femme à la téte rose” painting.
Today, BD continues to work with Dalí’s legacy through the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, and has recently released two new furniture pieces from Dalí’s paintings: a taxidermy lamb low table extracted from “Interpretation Project for a stable-library” (1942) painting, and in 2016 the “Invisible Personage” armchair, extracted from his “Singularities” (1935) painting. These two projects are limited editions of only 20 units each.
Gaudí door knobs
The Gaudí Collection
Without a doubt, Antoni Gaudí (1852/1926) is the most internationally famous Spanish architect, but it is not just his buildings and ingenious architectural solutions that have taken the world by storm. His overall approach to architecture led him to become involved with all the decorative elements, including furniture and hardware that were to form part of the building. BD was the first company to rescue them from history to create handcrafted series of reproductions using the same materials – varnished solid oak for the furniture and solid brass for the hardware – and the whole wealth of details used in the manufacture of the originals.