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Torres Clavé 1934

JM Torres Clavé

The architect Josep Torres Clavé designed this armchair in 1934 to furnish the Pavilion of the Spanish Republic at the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris, next to works such as Guernica by Pablo Picasso others by Alexander Calder and Joan Miró.

Torres Clavé was a revolutionary architect within the avant garde architectural movements in Spain of the 1930s.
The armchair takes its inspiration from the popular “cadirats” of Ibiza. With an oak frame and its seat and back upholstered in traditionally made fibre, its appearance means it's particularly suitable for furnishing hotels, receptions and waiting rooms, as well as reading areas in libraries and other special spaces. It's a particularly welcoming, natural armchair, ideal for home decors.

It has formed part of the Permanent Collection at Barcelona's Design Museum since 1994. It's made using traditional techniques and is an emblematic, iconic piece which Mobles 114 has continued to produce since it was first re-released in 1987.

Josep Torres Clavé

Josep Torres Clavé, Barcelona 1906  - Els Omellons 1939.

Architect, urban developer, designer and pedagogue, he was a founding member of GATPAC (Group of Spanish Artists and Technicians for the Progress of Contemporary Architecture) and a leading introducer of rationalist architecture in our country.

Torres Clavé started his career in architecture together with Josep Lluís Sert and Antoni Bonet Castellana. In fact, with Josep Lluís Sert and Joan Baptista Subirana he constructed some of the most important buildings in Catalan rationalism, such as the Ciutat de Repós i Vacances in Castelldefels (1932) and the Dispensari General Antituberculós in Barcelona (1936).

He ran the magazine AC (A. C. Documents of Contemporary Activity), helping to introduce artists such as Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Erich Mendelsohn, Van Doesburg, Neutra, Lubetkin, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso; working to spread architecture, design and contemporary art in a society wanting to modernise, in competition with a supremely contemporary Europe.
He left behind a brief but important legacy in his short career as a designer. He designed chairs, tables and lights, among other items of furniture, including the Torres Clavé armchair, re-released by Mobles 114.

Josep Torres Clavé died aged 33 during the Spanish Civil War.