Helena

Helena

Álvaro Siza
Prodotto Helena

It folds up on itself, just like a fit athlete. The wood doesn’t twist, it’s held together by solid hinges, with a compact structure similar to that of a racquet (for carrying, I explained, and everyone laughed!). It has now been modified, with my consent, by Bottega Ghianda. It is particularly compact, and can be carried under your arm or rested on a table. Designed a long time ago, a friend of mine saw a sample laid on the ground and said to me, horrified, “it’s a swastika!”. I asked myself how come I hadn’t seen that? I checked in an encyclopedia and breathed a sigh of relief: it was an antique symbol of sun and love, its arms turned in the opposite way to the Nazi symbol. Bottega Ghianda asked me to design something for their collection. I looked through the catalogue and saw some beautiful objects. I remembered a small bookcase whose production had been halted some time ago; I sent some photos and a design. It was accepted – here it is.

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