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Werner Blaser, 1955 - 2016

The first modem piece of furniture made by Molteni&C in 1955. designed by Werner Blaser and never put into production. won first prize at the “Pri­ma Mostra Selettiva - Concorso internazionale del mobile” in Cantù. lts distinguishing feature is its con­struction. based on the simple triple fork joint. which recalls traditional Japanese architecture.

Design Werner Blaser, 1955 - 2016

“The intention was to make clear the essential nature of the structure even in the joints and demonstrate. to use a bold word, the art of joining ... A minimum of materiai and construction (system) creates a ma­ximum of dimensions and proportions (types).”

(Werner Bla­ser)


Werner Blaser

Born in 1924 and a student of Alvar Aalto, Blaser studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and in Japan. He opened his own studio in Basle in 1959 and for a long time worked with Mies van der Rohe, publishing various books about the latter’s architecture.
His chest of drawer won the Cantù "Prima mostra selettiva - Concorso internazionale del mobile", a competion designed to re-qualify the image of Italian furniture making. The jury included Gio Ponti, Alvar Aalto, Romano Barocchi, Carlo De Carli and Finn Juhl.

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Werner Blaser

“I travelled widely in Japan and the details reflect the influence of that world. And since the competition was anonymous, the jury presumed that I was a Japanese designer, while I was actually from Basel!”.

Werner Blaser