Miniature Barragán Butaca chair
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miniature Butaca chair
Luis Barragán (1902-1988) was one of Mexico's most influential 20th century architects. Famed for his mastery of space and light, he reinvented the International Style as a colourful, sensuous genre of Mexican modernism.

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miniature Butaca chair
The Butaca Chair was one of Barragán's rare furniture designs: it is a redesign of a Mexican vernacular chair, known as "el butaque" or "la butaca". La Butaca, a low chair with flowing lines made of Mexican oak and wicker, is first documented in photographs depicting the interior of Barragán's house at 20, Calle Ramírez in Mexico City. Various versions of the chair with bigger or smaller armrests, with or without armrests, upholstered in different materials or with varying tilts to the backrest feature in numerous photos of his buildings.

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1:1 Butaca chairs upholstered in leather
The design of the chair probably came about as the result of collaboration with Clara Porset, a designer friend of Barragán's.

Originally designed in 1945/50; materials include Mexican oak and wicker. Manufacturer of the 2000 re-edition: Ingrid von Werz. www.ingridvonwerz.de

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miniature Butaca chair
Vitra added the 1:6 Butaca chair to the Miniatures Collection in 2001 - it is the 80th miniature added to the Collection. Retired in late 2010 presently it is an endangered species

La Butaca is another miniature kindly lent to us by Vitra-London from their showroom collection. Many thanks again to everyone at Vitra-London.

Original Vitra article number 2451; from 2002: 20 2451 01

Dimensions: L/H/W:   144mm/122mm/100mm

 


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