"On behalf of Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi, I came to the launch of this new edition of Bardi's Bowl to say how important this opportunity is for us and for the cultural position that Lina's work represents for today.

Let's begin by this subject:

As you know, the design for Bardi's Bowl Chair comes from the first phase of Lina's career in Brazil, when she still believed it was possible to interfere with the course of rapid industrialization in the 1950s.

Later she would become very critical of furniture design, preferring handcrafted pieces, conceived and made individually for each project.

Lina designed Bardi's Bowl in 1951, when her interior and furniture design partnership with Giancarlo Palanti had come to an end.

She went on to complete her residence in São Paulo, the Glass House, designed and built between 1949 and 1951.

A place for the man inside the forest.

The contemporaneity of both, chair and house is being recognized since then.

A transparent space in the middle of the canopy of trees, a single platform, with a fireplace, inhabited by furnitures and art works of all times.

One can see the continuity of the platform under the lightness of the Bowl's Chair, floating over the sky blue mosaic floor.

The Bardi's Bowl born to this kind of modern spaces, and survived to all cultural changes and transformations in architecture and culture.

Despite being a modern design, the chair was never produced in huge industrial series. The furniture industry in Brazil did not pay attention to this sophisticated design and it was produced by a small manufacture, in intermittent series. As time goes by, it's production ceased.

Only two years ago, Claudio Feltrini visited the Glass House and proposed to Anna Carboncini, my colleague director, this new edition of Badi's Bowl.

After this proposal, a hard work has been done.

The change in techniques since Lina's time has needed an interpretative approach by Arper, the challenge being to remain faithful to the original design while adapting to the contemporary conditions of industrial production.

The chair is here, now, for you, to see, to seat and even buy.

Next december Lina would have become one hundred years old.

This coincidence with the reborn of the Badi's Bowl is very meaningful as a moment to review her work as representative of a historical moment, as well as its contemporaneity for today?s culture. O

Lina's centenary will be celebrated with exhibitions in several cities in Brazil, Europe and US.

A commemorative book collection and an special program to promote her values for the integration of different cultures is been planned by our Institute.

To do all this, the Instituto Bardi needs funds and sponsors.

We are a non-profit organization created in 1990 to conserve the archives of Lina and Pietro at the Glass House.

However, the original endowment is finishing. To avoid a discontinuity of Instituto work, we are organizing an association of friends of Lina to rise funds.

In this context, the initiative of Claudio Feltrin and Arper is crucial for the survival and continuity of the Institute.

On behalf of Instituto Bardi, I thank you very much Claudio Feltrin and Arper team for this moment.

And we hope that all of you could join us in the future, in this enterprise to sustain that small reference of contemporary humanism in the tropics."




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