Miralles Perpetuum Mobile Barcelona, Disseny Hub, Catalan Furniture Photos, Spanish Designs
Miralles Perpetuum Mobile Barcelona
26 May 2021
Miralles. Perpetuum Mobile in Barcelona
From 27.05.21 to 29.08.21
Disseny Hub. Plaça de les Glòries, 37 Barcelona
Entry Fee: 3 € (Entry fee to Disseny HUB)
Following the launch of the first three exhibitionts of the Miralles homage, Perpetuum Mobile opens at Disseny Hub on Wednesday 26th May, promoted by the Fundació Enric Miralles with the support of the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya, to celebrate the work of Catalan architect Enric Miralles in his many facets as a creator, to mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his death.
The curators of the MIRALLES events are Benedetta Tagliabue and Joan Roig i Duran, with the collaboration of the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT architecture studio, the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura (ETSAB) and the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC).
MIRALLES. Perpetuum Mobile shows the lesser-known side of Enric Miralles as a furniture designer. While the architecture studio he set up and ran with Benedetta Tagliabue works on interior projects, this is the first time his design work is shown collectively at an exhibition.
Benedetta Tagliabue evaluating furniture at the studio session in Barcelona:
photograph © Lander Larrañaga
Although Miralles took care of every detail of the interior design of many of his private and public projects, the architect never designed furniture thinking of reproducing it commercially. In this exhibition, models of furniture and objects that were developed mainly for the architect’s home are exhibited and have been reproduced and displayed thanks to the support of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), with a selection of sustainable American hardwoods donated by AE Maderas.
Miralles’ creative process was often aimed at bringing life to his designs. A desire that is also reflected in his photographic collages, giving movement to the image, as shown in the exhibition MIRALLES. Photos & Collages that is also part of the tribute. In the Disseny Hub it will be possible to appreciate the intention of bringing life and movement applied to his furniture designs.
The last home of the architect in Barcelona was an old warehouse from which walls were knocked down, leaving an open and versatile space, perfect for Miralles, who imagined a house in motion, where the furniture did not have an established place or shape, but could be moved or modified according to the needs of each moment.
Lelukaappi furniture design:
photo © Lander Larrañaga
To make this contemporary vision of the interior space come true, he personally designed his furniture, sharing his sketches with craftsmen and carpenters, with whom he debated and experimented on these pieces.
The exhibition MIRALLES. Perpetuum Mobile started from an intense search for documentation among the architect’s most private archives, and from a close dialogue with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) about the reproduction of nine of the pieces.
Dolmen furniture design:
photo © Lander Larrañaga
The original design of each piece of furniture has remained the same with just a few technical updates (such as new hinges and connections for some of the pieces), while the materials used have been updated. While the original pieces were made in other timbers, the reproductions have been manufactured using a selection of four underused American hardwood species including red oak, maple, cherry and tulipwood, chosen for their aesthetic, performance and environmental credentials.
photo © Lander Larrañaga
During the research phase, a notebook with a detailed drawing of an unknown table was found. Named ‘Mistery’ table, this piece has been built for the first time at La Navarra by deciphering the instructions that Miralles left in his notes.
The exhibition showcases more than 20 pieces, among them the ‘Inestable’, ‘Dolmen’, ‘Troncs’ and ‘Tropical’ tables, the ‘Lelukaappi’ shelf inspired by the work of the architect Alvar Aalto, several chairs that were used in projects such as the Scottish Parliament or the headquarters of the Círculo de Lectores in Madrid, as well as unpublished lamps, which Enric had started to design and left unfinished.
The structure of the exhibition symbolically reproduces the private house of Miralles and Tagliabue; the pieces of furniture are distributed in the space imitating their original position, sketches and drawings on the walls unveil details of their designs, and photos of the architect’s family life show them in use. The lamps designed by Miralles illuminate the furniture and are used as decorative elements.
The exhibition is accompanied by a stop-motion video and a documentary produced by AHEC that explains the meticulous process of rebuilding the pieces of furniture, based on the original idea and shows the movements that bring this furniture to “life”.
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Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue – Embt Arquitectes Associats SL
EMBT : current page for this Catalan architects studio
Enric Miralles Architecture Books
Buildings by Enric Miralles / Benedetta Tagliabue
Trinity Quarter, Leeds, West Yorkshire, northern England, UK
Design: EMBT+ Stanley Bragg Partnership
image from the architect
Trinity Quarter Leeds design by EMBT – this retail building project is now using other architects.
New Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, Scotland
Scottish Parliament Building – master work by this Catalan architect practice
Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Santa Caterina Market Barcelona Building
Buildings / photos for the Enric Miralles Architect Tribute in 2021 page welcome