Maria Helena Matos

Lisbon, Portugal, 1924 · 2015

Japão Service – Jar, Bowl and Plate
Produced by Fábrica-Escola Irmãos Stephens (FEIS), Marinha Grande, Portugal

This service, on blown moulded crystal, reflects a modern research guided by a formal depuration and, on a tireless pursuit for the potential of the specific language of the material, enriched by the abstract patches of colour in transparent glass.

Nanda Vigo

Milan, Italy, 1936

Golden Gate Floor Lamp
Produced by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy

A superb structure of light that slashes through space, Golden Gate is the embodiment of Nanda Vigo’s experiments with mirrored surfaces and new light sources that explore the relationship between objects and spaces.

Cini Boeri

Milan, Italy, 1924

Serpentone – Giant Snake Sofa
Produced by Arflex, Giussano, Italy

This furniture epitomises Cini Boeri’s design discourse focused on the respect of user’s lifestyles. Her concept of design is minimalist and is based on the social role of the architect. Like a giant snake, the sofa twists and turns following concave and convex curves.

Blaženka Staroveški Kučinac

Rogaška Slatina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (Slovenia), 1937

Children’s Bedroom Furniture Pipi
Produced by Ivo Marinković Furniture Factory, Osijek, Croatia

The system of children’s bedroom furniture was designed to adapt to the growing child and represents an innovative solution of wooden joints and sophisticated integration possibilities. Small interventions transform the baby’s crib into a child’s bed, a desk and wardrobe, adjusting to the child’s needs.

Ljiljana Vučović Bakić

Belgrade, Serbia, 1939

Pioneer Sports Hall
Belgrade, Serbia

The Pioneer Sports Hall, now called the Aleksandar Nikolić Sports Hall, represents an icon of the 1970s Postmodern Belgrade architecture, intriguing the observer with its stratified structure, the use of colour, brick and concrete.

Sigrid Zschach Kressmann Losito

Leipzig, Germany, 1929 · Berlin, Germany, 1990

Steglitzer Kreisel
Berlin, Germany

The Steglitzer Kreisel is one of the largest office buildings of Berlin and also one of its most controversial landmarks. It became a symbol of the flawed speculative housing development projects of the 1960s and 1970s in West-Berlin during a time of housing shortage.

Charlotte Perriand

Paris, France, 1903 · 1999

Bloc cuisine Les Arcs
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

The Bloc cuisine is a historic record of the interior arrangement of the Modernist buildings conceived by Charlotte Perriand and an architects’ team in the ski resort of Les Arcs, in the French Alps. It is typical of the reflection undertook by architects and functionalist designers on the rational arrangement of reduced internal spaces and the use of modern materials and solid colours.

Ursulina Witte Schüler

Berlin, Germany, 1933

Tower Restaurant Steglitz
Berlin, Germany

Known locally as Bierpinsel (Beer Brush), it has three floors originally equipped with restaurants and a nightclub. It has a height of 46 m with a shape resembling that of an observation tower, but the architectural idea was that of a tree.

Lucie Quirina Bakker

Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1915 · Lochem, Netherlands, 2003

Quirina Tableware
Produced by Royal Tichelaar Ceramics Factory, Makkum, Netherlands

The Quirina Tableware is typical for the post-war transition from handcrafted pottery to serial production within the field of ceramics. Lucie Bakker turned from handicraft to serial production in the first place to earn a living.

Nel Verschuuren

Valkenswaard, Netherlands, 1943 · Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2016

Murtala Muhammed Airport Seating Unit
Lagos, Nigeria
Produced and manufactured by Artifort, Maastricht, Netherlands

The Lagos bench was originally designed for the interior of the Murtala Muhammed Airport terminal in Lagos, Nigeria, which Verschuuren designed with Naco Thijs Veldman in 1977-1978. Many redesigns of the bench followed and the benches became popular seating units for all kinds of public waiting areas around the world.

Hildegard Auf Franić

Zagreb, Croatia, 1941

Faculty of Agriculture, Pavilion V
Zagreb, Croatia

Within the existing urban axis of the International style pavilions set in clear and firm direction, the author here halts the pedestrian movement by setting her pavilion aside of the axis and creating an ‘open forum’ that intended to stimulate the outdoor activities of the students.

Simone Hoa Guillissen

Beijing, China, 1916 · Brussels, Belgium, 1996

Community Arts Center
Tournai, Belgium

Organized around a central atrium, the building combines various services: a library, exhibition spaces, cultural workshops, a brasserie and a magnificent theater.

Marianne Dahlbäck

Gävle, Sweden, 1943

Vasa Museum
Stockholm, Sweden

The Vasa Museum houses the warship Vasa from 1628, which sank on her maiden voyage and was in 1961 after 333 years at the bottom of Stockholm bay lifted and salvaged. The preserved Vasa was moved into an old dry dock over which the museum was built, which allows observers to see the ship from a variety of perspectives.

Teresa Nunes da Ponte

Lisbon, Portugal, 1955

Toca da Areia Residential Complex
Cascais, Portugal

It is possible to notice modernist features on the plant, such as the presence of flat roofs, which give place to a game with the different planes and create light and shadow games, adapted to the geographic location of an area near the coastline and a dense pine forest, between Cascais and Guincho.

Oľga Škvarková Ondreičková

Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), 1935

District Post Office
Prague, Czech Republic

The District post office belongs to the very few works of architecture realised by Slovak architects outside the territory of Slovakia. Being designed by a woman it is even more exceptional.

Viera Štarková Mecková

Turčianske Teplice, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), 1933

Communist Party Regional Committee Offices
Žilina, Slovakia

The huge edifice of the local Communist Party Committee became most significant work of Viera Mecková and one of the most important achievements of the late modernism in Slovakia.

Nathalie Du Pasquier

Bordeaux, France, 1957

Emerald Sideboard
Memphis collection
Produced by Memphis, Italy

This object is one of her main designs and essential symbol of her involvement in the Memphis Group. It’s the proof of her ability to adapt to most different requirements and to range among many forms of expression.

Gae Aulenti

Palazzolo della Stella (Udine), Italy, 1927 · Milan, Italy, 2012

D’Orsay Museum
Paris, France

The exhibition itinerary has been organised on three levels and the central nave of the pre-existing station has been reused as the main axis from where passages and terraces run. The choice of light-coloured limestone is worthy of note, giving a particular brightness to the exhibition halls.

Hanne Dam Kjærholm

Hjørring, Denmark, 1930 · 2009

Island of Læsø, Denmark

The summerhouse on Læsø is a poetic reinterpretation of the vernacular architecture present on the island between Sweden and Denmark. This summerhouse is exemplary of how Kjærholm considered architecture as a harmonious whole in which materials, the interplay of daylight and interior decoration should be carefully thought out.

Verena Dietrich

Wetzlar, Germany, 1941 · Schwerte, Germany, 2004

Höhenberg Sportspark Spectator Tribune
Cologne, Germany

This tribune reflects the architect’s passion for metallic materials and for their application to building. One of the most interesting features of this work is its attention to the alignment of shapes and structures which is reflected in recurring geometrical scheme.

Andrée Putman

Paris, France, 1925 · 2013

Office of Commission des Droits de l’Homme
Arche de la Défense, Paris, France

Putman was commissioned in 1989 to fit out and decorate the top floor of the Grande Arche de la Défense in Puteaux, in the outskirts of Paris. For the institution’s library, Putnam designed the staircase banister in brushed metal with a bronze patina finish, resting on a column and running the entire length of the loggia.