Twenty ways to design a furniture leg
The Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) will host the exhibition ‘legs’ from the 11th to the 17th of February, within the programmed activity agenda for ‘See You in Valencia’, the event that will bring together the joint celebration of Cevisama, Habitat and Fimma – Maderalia at Feria Valencia as well as a complete agenda of events. The show, which will be located in Gallery 5 of the Sala Ignacio Pinazo, is organized by Feria Valencia and the National Association of Furniture Manufacturers and Exporters of Spain (Anieme) in collaboration with ICEX.
This exhibition, curated by Spanish designers Juli Capella and Quim Larrea, is the reissue of the sample of 20 years ago and was performed with great success within the International Furniture Fair of Valencia (FIM) and has recovered reason precisely of the 50th edition of Feria Habitat Valencia, heir of the historic furniture exhibition.
20 ‘top’ International design creatives
The exhibition includes the interpretation of a table leg made by twenty architects, industrial designers and creators of international reference. Their names will not leave anyone indifferent: Ron Arad, Ricardo Bofill, Michele de Lucchi, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Michael Graves, Ross Lovegrove, Josep Lluscá, Javier Mariscal, Ingo Maurer, Alessandro Mendini, Rafael Moneo, Daniel Nebot, Francesc Petit, Borek Sipek, Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Starck, Óscar Tusquets, Ushida & Findlay and Victorio & Lucchino.
Each indication of the commissioners Juli Capella and Quim Larrea designed a leg for a table of 90 cm. in height. There were no previous indications and designers had maximum freedom to interpret the order, both conceptually and with materials.
Therefore, each design exposed is totally unique and approaches the concept from a different perspective: Petit and Maurer from eroticism; De Lucchi from recycling as a central theme; Starck focuses on public criticism; Tusquet in sensuality; Mendini uses humor; Moneo to poetry; Nebot joy …
IVAM, a vanguard stage
The exhibition ‘Legs’ is located in the prestigious Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) a new building opened in 1989 with the original design of the Valencian architects Emilio Giménez and Carlos Saviors. It occupies an area of 18,200 m2 and houses eight galleries for the museum’s collections and exhibitions. One of them, La Sala de la Muralla shows the foundations of the old medieval wall built in the second half of the fourteenth century.
The IVAM has 10,500 permanent works that illustrate the basic art forms of twentieth century art. Part of their collections works by Julio González, Ignacio Pinney, Miquel Navarro and twentieth century authors such as Paul Klee, Francis Picabia, Frantisek Kupka, Equipo Crónica, Robert Rauschenberg, Constantin Brancusi, Robert Capa and Joan Fontcuberta.