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Antoni Gaudí
Antoni Gaudí

Internationally regarded as one of the best architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Antoni Gaudí brought about a genuine reappraisal of the applied arts. His designs provide ample testimonies to creative research presided by a determined desire to break away from tradition. Gaudí resorts to all the trades and materials he is familiar with (ceramics, iron, wood, etc.) and takes their expressive possibilities to the limit. The interior components of his constructions present a formal and conceptual continuity with the spaces for which they are designed. This explains why the items of furniture and accessories he designed throughout his career were conceived according to the specific conditions of the architecture that would house them (Batlló House, Milà House, etc.), and why he sought above all else functional and aesthetical creations. A forerunner of ergonomics, Gaudí always bore in mind the forms, the scale and the gestures of the human body in such works, thereby proving that industrial design was another of the fields in which he excelled.

Double sofa from the Batlló House
Double sofa from
the Batlló House
Grillework gate of the Vicens House
Grillework gate
of the Vicens House
Pew from the crypt of the Colonia Güell
Pew from the crypt
of the Colonia Güell
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