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Melchiorre Bega

Unique Double Desk

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Previously shown at Basel 2021.

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Unique double desk designed on commission by Melchiorre Bega in 1954, for a private home in Bologna, Italy.
The original pictures of the time show an entire studio designed by the Architect, where the desk is the protagonist. The structure of the desk reveals an impressive craftsmanship and an innovative design: the smallest part of the desk can be divided from the main part, creating a modularity within the space.
Melchiorre Bega worked throughout five decades and three seasons of Italian architecture, from rationalism to the International style and up to Brutalism. This unique double desk represents one of the most prolific periods for the architect, where he started to experiment with forms and materials, leaving behind the more classical architecture of the Italian bourgeoisie.

Reverse-painted glass.

Melchiorre Bega


Born in 1898, Melchiorre Bega was predominantly inspired by the 1900s and 1910s growing up. The first decades of the 20th century were defined by the dynamic development of visual and pictorial art. These decades were an era of experimentation, with artists delving into ideas surrounding Post-Impressionism, Expressionism and Abstraction. These innovations took hold with artist communities and collectives across the globe, with many groups exploring different methods of communicating their ideas. The first twenty years of the twentieth century are considered as the period in art history where modernist and modern ideas first began to have cultural effects. They were a prolific time in the art world, and industrial advances such as mechanisation led to other disciplines like architecture, led by the work of Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld, to develop at an equally high rate. The idea of a shared discipline across all modes of art was epitomised in the Bauhaus movement, which became a leading way of thinking about art. These philosophies that we associate today with modern and contemporary art can be traced back to the diverse range of artworks produced during this period.

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    Glass, Wood

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    85.5 x 80.0 x 214.0 cm (33.7 x 31.5 x 84.3 in)

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