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R Collectors Series: Julio Espada

14 November - 31 December 2002


R presents the second annual "Collectors Series" exhibition featuring the collection of Julio Espada. Espada's apartment, referred to by friends as a "curio cabinet," holds innumerable examples of outstanding ceramics, furniture, glassware, textiles and objects made between 1880 and today.

Designers of the 1950s and 1960s, particularly in America, Italy and the Scandinavian countries, produced some of the most useful and innovative glass, textiles and ceramics to date. Artists such as Kaj Franck and Timo Sarpaneva at the Nuutajarvi and Iittala Glassworks in Finland and the glassblowers at the Venini Glassworks in Italy transformed tabletops into settings of beauty and utility with their bold colors and animated handblown glass shapes. Textile artists like Finnish master Dora Jung and Marimekko's Maija Isola took domestic and fashion textiles in new directions with striking craftsmanship, patterns and color combinations. Ceramicists, particularly in Denmark and Sweden, experimented with shapes and glazes to produce timeless, and peerless vessels. Used alongside iconic furniture by designers like Charlotte Perriand, Finn Juhl and Charles Eames who excelled in their craftsmanship, use of materials and innovative processes -- these artifacts of Espada's collection make up a fascinating landscape of great design.

Since 1975 Espada's career in the fashion industry has taken him around the world and fueled his passion for good design.

 

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