Classic style wall mirror
CALVET mirror-sculpture by Antoni Gaudí
BD Barcelona Design
Varnished or covered in fine gold bread solid oak.
Calvet mirror: 58 x h.195cm.
Antoni Gaudí (1852/1926) is, without doubt, the most internationally well-known Spanish architect. But is not only his buildings and brilliant architectural solutions that have travelled the globe. His integrated conception of architecture led him to pay attention, not only to structural calculations, but also to all the decorative elements, including furniture, that would form part of the building.
In contrast with what happened in general to almost all the Modernista furniture which ended up going out of fashion, furniture designed by Gaudí is still as modern today as it was when it was first designed. Perhaps this is because it is more reminiscent ofsculpture than mere benches and chairs. The Calvet armchair is outstanding amongst these designs because of its expressive force. It was designed along with four other pieces - a stool, a mirror, a chair and a bench- for the house of the same name in the Carrer Casp in Barcelona. This was the Catalan architect's first housing project and it was awarded a prize by Barcelona city council forbeing the best building in 1900. Two years later, Gaudí designed the furniture, carved in oak, for the offices on the ground floor of the building. They were first produced by the Casa y Bardés company and they are preserved at the Gaudí Museum in the Park Güell.