Barba Corsini (1916-2008) was a leading functionalist architect who like many architects and furniture designers of the Bauhaus era was intent on providing well-designed homes and impeccably manufactured furnishings for the so called common man. In 1955, Corsini realised his contemporary vision through his renovation of the loft space of Antoni Gaudi’s La Pedrera building and through the furnishings he custom designed for it. Corsini was a great admirer of Finnish architecture, which he believed to be the finest in Europe on account of the powerful simplicity and accessibility of the designs. Powerful simplicity is indeed an apt description of Corsini's personal design ethos, as represented by the Pedrera series for which he won international praise. The Pedrera lamps are both modern and classic, most of which were designed solely by Corsini and others in association with his protegé, Joaquim Ruiz Millet who also designed the ANA pendant as a lasting tribute to his brilliant mentor.
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