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.
Wetzlar, Germany, 1941 · Schwerte, Germany, 2004
Höhenberg Sportspark Spectator Tribune
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.
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.
Palazzolo della Stella (Udine), Italy, 1927 · Milan, Italy, 2012
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.
Nathalie Du Pasquier
Bordeaux, France, 1957
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.
Viera Štarková Mecková
Turčianske Teplice, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), 1933
Communist Party Regional Committee Offices
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.
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.
Teresa Nunes da Ponte
Lisbon, Portugal, 1955
Toca da Areia Residential Complex
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.
Gävle, Sweden, 1943
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.
Simone Hoa Guillissen
Beijing, China, 1916 · Brussels, Belgium, 1996
Community Arts Center
Organized around a central atrium, the building combines various services: a library, exhibition spaces, cultural workshops, a brasserie and a magnificent theater.
Hildegard Auf Franić
Zagreb, Croatia, 1941
Faculty of Agriculture, Pavilion V
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.
Valkenswaard, Netherlands, 1943 · Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2016
Murtala Muhammed Airport Seating Unit
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.
Lucie Quirina Bakker
Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1915 · Lochem, Netherlands, 2003
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.
Ursulina Witte Schüler
Berlin, Germany, 1933
Tower Restaurant Steglitz
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.
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.
Sigrid Zschach Kressmann Losito
Leipzig, Germany, 1929 · Berlin, Germany, 1990
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.
Ljiljana Vučović Bakić
Belgrade, Serbia, 1939
Pioneer Sports Hall
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.