Luisa Aiani Parisi

Cantù, Como, Italy, 1920 · 1990

Manufactured by Ariberto Colombo, Cantù, Italy
Distributed by La Ruota, Como, Italy

This sofa is a step in the way of developing industrially the skills of the artisanal wood companies in the Cantù district. It might set a starting point for the further growth of Italian modern furniture factories as Cassina or Zanotta.

Eva Ditsleven Koppel

Copenhagen, Denmark, 1916 · 2006

Beech Wingback Chair
Produced by Slagelse Møbelværk, Denmark

With its simple but playful and organic shapes, this chair can be considered a typical example of Danish 1950s design. It was designed in collaboration with Eva’s husband Nils Koppel and manufactured by Slagelse Møbelværk.

Elsi Naemi Borg

Nastola, Finland, 1893 · Helsinki, Finland, 1958

Lastenlinna Children’s Hospital
Mannerheim Society for the Protection of Children, Helsinki, Finland

The Children hospital is an example of a melt of the functionalist approach, typical of the interwar period and followed in differentiating the functions and using concrete structures (see Alvar Aalto), and the return back to the romantic ideals.

Anneliese (Anni) Fleischmann Albers

Charlottenburg (Berlin), Germany, 1899 · Orange (Connecticut), USA, 1994

Free-Hanging Room Divider
MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA

This object is one of Albers-Fleischmann’s most experimental artefacts. Industrial textile production and abstract art are merged to form a functional furniture where the minimalist supporting structure and raw materials of the fabric provide aesthetic qualities.

Elena Luzzatto Valentini

Ancona, Italy, 1900 · Rome, Italy, 1983

Primavalle Market
Rome, Italy

The Primavalle Market is a work of Italian Rationalism and is one of the best known works by Elena Luzzatto Valentini. The structure is in reinforced concrete and has reinforced concrete arches supporting the covering. The light comes from big windows that are spread all over the whole upper perimeter.

Antonia Campi

Sondrio, Italy, 1921

Umbrella Stand Spaziale (C33)
Produced by SCI (Società Ceramica Italiana), Laveno, Italy

The ceramic umbrella stand Spaziale is a bridge between formal research in abstract sculpture and everyday items industrial and serial production, a mix of handicraft experimentation and mechanical manufacturing.

Franca Helg

Milan, Italy, 1920 · 1989

San Lorenzo Treasure Museum
San Lorenzo Cathedral, Genoa, Italy

The San Lorenzo Museum expresses the aim to enrich the history of the city, by inserting itself in its layering and connecting tradition to the necessity of using an updated language.

Jane Drew

Thornton Heath, United Kingdom, 1911 · Barnard Castle, Durham, United Kingdom, 1996

University of Ibadan
Ibadan, Nigeria

This is a construction where the architects have been able to combine and adapt the design to the particular needs of the African climate and the functionality of Modern Movement.

Tamara Davydovna

Dvinsk, Russian Empire, 1894 · Leningrad, Soviet Union, 1976

New Sochi Health Resort/Sanatorium
Sochi, Russia

The imposing complex of buildings marked by the monumental colonnades and offering views across the Black Sea coastline belongs among the typical examples of mid-century Stalinist architecture, a neo-classicist reaction against Constructivism of the 1920s and 1930s.

Stefania Filo Speziale

Naples, Italy, 1905 · 1988

Cattolica Assicurazioni Skyscraper
Naples, Italy

In 1954 Filo’s design of the Cattolica Assicurazioni Skyscraper (now: NH Hotel) won a competition that attracted important professional studios of that time. It was the highest building in Naples, a 30-floor building in reinforced concrete which at the height of 104m towered over the historic center of the city.

Alison Margaret Gill Smithson

Sheffield, United Kingdom, 1928 · 1993

House of the Future
Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition at the Olympia Hall in West London, United Kingdom

It was exhibited as the prototype of the suburban house that would be built 25 years later and it highlighted the trust in technology in the 1950s. The house was a utopic project designed to be pre-manufactured in the line of car industry products.

Lina Bo Bardi

Rome, Italy, 1914 · São Paulo, Brazil, 1992

MASP – The São Paulo Museum of Art
São Paulo, Brazil

The MASP expresses the intent made by Lina Bo Bardi to bring art closer to the general public. It had to give off an atmosphere that would allow the visitor to understand the work of art. The architect declared: “I did not search for beauty, I searched for freedom.” The MASP architectural solution is, in fact, direct and essential.

Annemarie Hubacher-Constam

Zurich, Switzerland, 1921 · 2012

Swiss Women’s Work Exhibition
Zurich, Switzerland

The second SAFFA exhibition (Swiss Women’s Work Exhibition) was held from July 17th to September 15th 1958 in Zurich, displaying the subject of women’s life and activities and presenting a showcase of contemporary female design and architecture in Switzerland.

Nanna Ditzel

Copenhagen, Denmark, 1923 · 2005

Hanging Egg Chair
Produced by Sika Design, Rynkeby, Denmark

Nanna and Jørgen didn’t need to get out of their home to find inspiration for her work. A close attention to the daily life, to the details that make up the domestic and familiar environment, combined with an abiding concern for comfort and freedom of movement led to the accurate perception that the opulent furniture that surrounded them was highly inadequate for the small post-war homes.

Grete Jalk

Copenhagen, Denmark, 1920 · 2006

Teak Lounge Easy Chair
Produced by France & Søn, Rynkeby, Denmark

From the 1950s, Grete Jalk designed a series of chairs exploring the possibilities of laminated wood and in 1960, France & Søns, one of Denmark´s greatest makers of furniture, produced an armchair made with wood frame that has sultry flared armrests and the Danish cable back which virtually disappears, giving the impression of a floating back cushion.

Teresa Kruszewska

Warsaw, Poland, 1927 · 2014

Reversible Child's Armchair
Produced by Mebloartyzm Cooperative, Wojnicz, Poland
National Museum, Warsaw

Reversible children’s chair is one of her first furniture projects that she designed for children. This furniture is marked by the beauty of its lines and proportion and lightness of its form, developed from the construction itself, and making full use of the material’s potential, non the less it’s multifunction as a toy.

Nataša Štupar-Šumi

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1927

Rihemberk Castle Reconstruction
Branik, Slovenia

Rihemberk, the largest castle of the Slovene Littoral region, was built on a strategically important defence position above the former road from Vipava valley to the Adriatic Sea. In 1962 the reconstruction project was taken over and supervised by architect Nataša Štupar Šumi. Her work encompassed the entire Castle reconstruction with preserved architectural elements and appropriate transformation of interior for tourism.

Nives Kalin Vehovar

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1932 · 2007

NKVFV Series of Wood Veneer Pendant Lights
Manufactured by Kalin Vehovar, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The organically shaped pendant lights combine function with sculptural interest, supplying interiors with softly diffused light. Distinguished by the innovative use of natural materials the series, created together with Franc Vehovar, belongs among most timeless examples of Slovenian design.

Janine Abraham

France, 1929 · 2005

Summer Home
Le Printemps Department Store, Paris, France

The work of Abraham declines the opposition between rough and invaluable materials, artisanal and industrial know-how. The model for Le Printemps was designed as a prototype of holiday home for the Paris region and it was presented to the exhibition 4 seasons, 4 houses organized by Saint-Gobain in 1964.

Ivanka Raspopović

Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (today Serbia), 1930 · Belgrade, Serbia, 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art
Belgrade, Serbia

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, joint work by Ivanka Raspopović and Ivan Antić, with expressive tectonics, rational geometric form, free plan, and interior that elevated visitors’ responses, set a benchmark for museum buildings design.

Maria Teresa Parpagliolo Shephard

Rome, Italy, 1903 · 1974

Hall Garden
RAI’s Headquarter, Rome, Italy

The project reveals the international experience of Parpagliolo and how she was receptive to new trends in landscape design and open to experiments. In 1966, she was commissioned for the design of a garden of the newly built headquarters of the state radio and television company RAI in Rome.

Anna Ferrieri Castelli

Milan, Italy, 1920 · 2006

Componibili modular system
Produced by Kartell, Milan, Italy

The design idea of the Componibili modular system, renowned as icon of the 1960s, is the elementary and resistant vertical stacking of single modular elements which, by means of an easy joint, form super-functional containers.

Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak

Tarnawce, Poland, 1920

Sedesowce – Manhattan Housing Units
Wrocław, Poland

In 1974 Jadwiga Grabowska Hawrylak received an honorary prize from SARP (Association of Polish Architects) for the project Sedesowce, the housing units in Wrocław. They are an impressive example of modern housing, surprised by its blend of surfaces and models, in an almost Op art pattern.