fino al 19 maggio 2019
mostra Anton Lorenz: From Avant-Garde to Industry a cura di Susanne Graner
Vitra Schaudepot | Vitra Design Museum | Charles-Eames-Str. 2 | Weil am Rhein
«By the late 1920s, a new industry had emerged that made the new tubular steel furniture accessible to an ever-growing consumer market. As one of the first to recognise the potential of this new type of furniture, Anton Lorenz played a key role in these developments and worked for several prominent manufacturers, including Standard Möbel, Desta and Thonet. Lorenz also proved so skilful in procuring patents and founding businesses that he soon gained a reputation as the »éminence grise« of tubular steel furniture, contributing to the success of this new genre with a global network of enterprises and contacts. In addition to his activities as a designer and business manager, Lorenz had already begun to explore ergonomic aspects of seating and reclining furniture in the late 1920s. In 1939, he emigrated to the United States and established a new furniture typology that proved equally successful: the adjustable recliner, which still occupies a central place in many of today’s living rooms».