A piece that needs little introduction, the Gaulino Chair, designed Barcelona native Oscar Tusquets in 1987 has since become a modern Spanish classic and a point of reference in sculptural furniture design.
Recently relaunching the iconic chair is KE-ZU supplier bd Barcelona. The sculpted chair was awarded the Industrial Design Prze in 1989 and the Adi-Fad in 1990.
We’ve shown you previously here on the Blog bd Barcelona’s work in maintaining the spirit of great Spaniards’ Gaudi and Dali’s work in their efforts to exclusively produce their furniture works and it’s these two very men and Carlo Mollino who influenced the design of the Gaulino – even so far as affecting its word-morphed title.
The chair, which is regularly included in retrospective shows of Spanish design also spawned a table of the same name and was Tusquets’ first foray into industrial works with machine work despite its appearance of hand craftsmanship. Of its design, Tusquets says quite simply:
I learned and enjoyed it very much and I think it is one of my best works. It was designed over 20 years ago and it remains an interesting design. I think one of my best designs.
The femaleness that the Gaulino Chair exudes is unmissable, and showcased at the start of the video below featuring an interview with Tusquets, taken from ‘bd Barcelona Design Stories’, the Vimeo channel directed by the company.
GAULINO Chair by Oscar Tusquets from BD Barcelona Design on Vimeo.
The Gaulino Chair is a structure of solid Ash either natural, varnished or stained. The seat with internal frame in Oak and upholstered in leather toned to complement frame and is available at KE-ZU and through its national distribution network. Also available are Tusquets’ other designs – the Banco Catalano for bd Urban Transit, and Luna for the vernacular Spaniard rug manufacturer nanimarquina, we’ll upload a post about Luna shortly.
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Here at the ‘ZU we have a bit of a fascination for Spain. We aren’t alone – the world has an ever expanding love affair with the skilled European State, and with good reason. A land bearing some of the worlds most successful and well-known creatives in history is worthy of a humble mention here on the KE-ZU Blog.
The undeniable talent across every sector which has emerged from Spain is unstoppable and almost unfathomable. Think perhaps the genius brushstrokes of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, fashion giant Balenciaga, every girls’ footwear fantasy Manolo Blahnik, the “L’enfant terrible” fashionista Paco Rabbane, marketing genius and comfort guru Camper, a huge spectrum of architectural brilliance delivered by Antoni Gaudi and Santiago Calatrava, multi-talented designer Javier Mariscal and culinary brain Ferran Adrià – what a list, and that’s just the start!
Spain has captured our hearts, and for more than just these monumental reasons – the work of the wider Spanish community in the cultural arts arena is nothing short of beautiful and while we’re on that, check out the astoundingly picturesque layout of the website Love Spain.
Love Spain is dedicated to creativity in Spanish design, architecture, art, fashion and food and the rolling image bank is a non-stop repertoire of all things creative hailing from the European land we adore.
All KE-ZU’s Spanish suppliers are featured on the site; nanimarquina in her award winning range of rugs immortalising the Spanish artist Edward Chillida (and the greater nanimarquina collection), Vondom’s progressive outdoor pieces, bd Barcelona’s Dali works and a selection of Sancal’s products!
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San Francisco’s Clift Hotel and Redwood Room are iconic destinations in their own right, not least for some pivotal pieces of design history that they play host to.
First opened in 1915, the smart 17 storey building underwent a complete $80m overhaul in 2001 under the guidance of one Mr Philippe Starck and celebrity hotelier Ian Schrager. A moody-melange of classical elegance and edgy surrealism, the evocatively-dim lobby is riddled with quirky furnishings: from Salvador Dali’s rare bronze-and-marble Leda Table for BD Barcelona, a loveseat fashioned out of buffalo horns and hide to a brilliant Jean Nouvel designed reception desk. Renè Magritte too is present in Roberto Matta’s Magritta Chair, essentially an oversized apple in an upturned bowler hat. Part foyer – part 20th Century industrial design gallery, it wouldn’t surprise us if half the refurbishment costs went on the foyer alone!
Upon entry all eyes of course gravitate to the 12 foot high upholstered armchair that sits proudly in the lobby, backed by an equally imposing 18 foot high bronze fireplace. Lighting too is given a surrealist touch with inclusion of Salvador Dali’s Muletas, Bracelli and Cajones lamps dotted throughout public areas. Jean Baptiste Mondino’s portraits of toy animals in the “Living Room” lobby bar are another quirky addition. Almost fantasy, completely luxe and with a healthy dose of homour: to say the space is dramatic wouldn’t do The Clift justice. When in San Francisco, if not staying there then popping in for a drink is a must!
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Salvador Dali and Antoni Gaudi are names synonymous with art, design and the unapologetic pushing of conventional artistic boundaries.
Each of them champions of their own surrealist, non-conformist styles, the two men, though prolific almost a century apart are responsible for some of the modern world’s most iconic artworks, architecture and design.
It is with great pride then that KE-ZU represents these two giants of the creative world, right here in Australia.
The furniture and accessories of these masters are produced under licence by Bd Ediciones Barcelona and KE-ZU is honoured to represent a brand and its products that are both steeped in artistic, historical and social significance.
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