Check Out Gorgeous Modern Design At Centro In St. Louis
Our partners at Centro are experts in modern design. We’ve had several readers ask us about the stunning space we recently featured in our Issue 7, so we thought we’d give some additional information on each piece. The room has many pieces crafted by some of the most important designers of our time. You’ll find their work everywhere from MoMA to The Met.
A- Piece #1
Name: LADY Armchair
Designer: Marco Zanuso (1951), currently produced under license by Cassina (Italy)
Zanuso’s LADY Armchair upended how traditional sofas were created, using the technical and material innovation of combining rubber and springs and elastic nastrocord. The artist presented it at the 1951 La Trienniale di Milano, where it was awarded a gold medal for design innovation.
LADY has been displayed at The Met and is included in the Architecture and Design Collection at MoMA in New York.
B- Piece #2
Name: World War II Leg Splint
Designer: Charles and Ray Eames (1942), no longer produced
World War II combat zones and design might not intermix at first thought, but designers Charles and Ray Eames were galvanized to create a design solution to the lack of adequate splints for war patients. Injured soldiers suffering damage to their lower extremities didn’t have adequate transport until the Eameses invented a solution using wood veneers bonded together with resin glue, shaped and curved with heat and pressure. The revolutionary solution allowed medics to adequately bandage and transport patients with injured legs.
A leg splint was last exhibited at The Met in 2006.
C- Piece #3
Name: ELAN Sofa
Designer: Jasper Morrison (1999) for Cappellini
British furniture designer Jasper Morrison has deceptively simple, modern designs.
The ELAN sofa was selected to furnish areas of both the new Whitney Museum in New York and the Tate Modern in London.
D- Piece #4
Name: LACCIO Coffee Table
Designer: Marcel Breuer (1922) for Knoll (USA)
Hungarian designer Marcel Breuer was a member of the 1920’s Bauhuas movement and crafted this beauty, innovating the use of bent tubular steel.
Name: TABOURET MAISON DU BRÉSIL
Designer: Le Corbusier (1959) for Cassina (Italy)
Swiss-French architect and designer Le Corbusier was originally criticized for the avant-garde attitude his designs brought to the forefront of modern design consciousness, but its minimalist beauty soon caught on.
These wood stools were originally designed for a university residence in Paris. Centro also carries this fascinating visual biography of Le Corbusier and his work.
F- Piece #6
Name: ARKAD UNI Carpet
Designer: Gunilla Lagerhem UIlberg (1989) for Kasthall (Sweden)
Gunilla Lagerhem UIlberg, often called “The Queen of Rugs,” served 28 years as lead designer for Kasthall until her untimely death in 2015.
G- Piece #7
Name: HERACLEUM II Pendant
Designer: Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders (2010) for Moooi (The Netherlands)
Bertjan Pot is known for design experiments with light, and this piece is the result of one such experiment. The designer experimented with electricity wires, crafting them into branch-like shapes.
H- Piece #8
Name: MAYDAY Portable Lamp
Designer: Konstantin Grcic (1998) for Flos (Italy)
This multi-use piece demonstrates the designer’s dissatisfaction with contemporary lighting trends and instead embraces a beautiful, modern aesthetic, equally at home examining under the hood of a car as it is on a desk.
I- Piece #9
Name: AWA Side Table
Designer: Naoto Fukasawa (2013) for B&B Italia (Italy)
Made of Cristalplant, a material that exhibits both a soft touch and extraordinary durability, Fukasawa’s cantilevered table elevates a practical design problem with a sinuous, modern solution.
J- Piece #10
Name: MATE Leaning Shelf
Designer: Florian Asche (1996) e15 (Germany)
Marrying minimal design with the warmth of solid wood, designer Florian Asche brings an awareness of a strong visual language to aesthetic and utilitarian needs.
K- Piece #11
Name: LEONARDO Trestle Table
Designer: Achille Castiglioni (1969) for Zanotta (Italy)
Achille Castiglioni’s trestle table displays the rigorous work ethic, technical skill and madness for perfectionism the designer embodied. The clean, modern lines contrast the inviting feel of the varnished wood.
LEONARDO is adjustable in height, allowing it to serve as everything from a children’s play table to a drafting table to a standing desk.
L- Piece #12
Name: MEZZADRO Stool
Designer: Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1957) Zanotta (Italy)
Technical modernization and clean, modern beauty come together in this Castiglioni-designed stool, fulfilling the needs of form and function.
MEZZADRO is in the design collection of The Saint Louis Art Museum and MoMA in New York.
M- Piece #13
Name: MOD. 265 Wall Fixture
Designer: Paola Rizzatto (1973) for Flos (Italy)
The designer’s penchant for innovative modern lighting culminates in this elegant solution, which almost seems to float when mounted on the wall.
Interested in purchasing any of these pieces? They are available at Centro Modern Furnishings, 4727 McPherson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108, or call (314) 454-0111 to reserve an item. See additional items available at Centro here.