June 24, 2011

Klara: a contender for Dwell’s First Modern World Award

Evoking a strong sense of a time and place that is as much nostalgia as actual, Patricia Urquiola’s Klara looks as though it belongs in a milieu of bungalows, roadsters and palm trees. And justly so: Urquiola’s inspiration is California of the ’50s, a place synonymous with movie stars, fast cars – and visionaries like Richard Neutra and Charles and Ray Eames. Introduced within the past year, Klara has already earned a place on Dwell ’s list of nominees for its first Modern World Award.

Juxtaposing strong textural elements with flat finishes and fabrics is a favorite technique of the designer. In Klara, Urquiola has created a chair with distinct components, permitting the use of different fabrics, leathers, dimensional weaves and canes to create a harmony of differences. Both functional and decorative, Klara successfully blends decorative art, craftsmanship and industrial design. The complete collection will include the dining chairs and barstools, and tables in a range of sizes introduced this year at Salone del Mobile in Milan.

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