El Poeta Bench

BD Barcelona
Alfredo Häberli

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Steel tube legs and seats with steel tubular chassis covered with perforated steel sheet. Available in bronze or silver grey texturised polyester resin paint finishing.

W180 x D84 x H74 cm

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For BD, and paying tribute to the Catalano bench, I have invented The Swiss benches, a series of public benches that have the virtue of offering some extra function, some extra detail, that added value I always try to find when I develop my ideas. One of the benches is El Poeta (the poet), where I can write or eat with the support of a table. Another is dedicated to El Banquero (the banker), who is a tougher sort, with one part at which to stand (because he sits down all day) and eat a sandwich (because he has very little time). Then there is El Filósofo (the philosopher), inspired by the person who needs some quiet and visual calm, but never wants to be alone, because he needs to chat. For people who prefer to be alone I offer El Solitario (the loner), and for two people, La Pareja (the couple), because it is still possible to share a bench without anyone being sitting beside you. Launched in 2005.

One of the most charismatic designers of the new century, Alfredo Häberli was born in Buenos Aires in 1964 and trained as a designer in Zürich, where he was honoured in 2008 with an extensive retrospective of his work at the Museum für Gestaltung, motivated partly by his not leaving Switzerland, the base from which he has worked for the leading Scandinavian and European companies.

Since its origins in the 1970’s, BD has always been an atypical company. Its founders and still current owners, who come from an architectural background rather than the business field, have oriented BD’s production from the very start by cultivating beauty, in some cases above their function. Accompanied with artisanal processes instead of mass production, the new products always have more proximity to art than industrial design. Characterised by superior quality, short-series productions (and on occasion limited editions), and unique pieces due to crafted manufacturing. In the 80’s, BD pleasantly surprised by editing Gaudí’s furniture for his famous buildings and in the early 90’s, BD again astounded by introducing an exclusive first collection of furniture and lamps designed by Dalí. Recently the Collections and Designers with an accentuated artistic profile like Jaime Hayon and Doshi Levien, continue to point the way where design and art meet together.