Legends by BuzziSpace Launches at Maison&Objet
There’s a lot of metal on show in the furniture halls at
right now—on through Sept 9—either alone or combined with wood or other materials, so it seems just the right time and place for
to launch its new
line with re-releases of 1940s and 1950s work by British designer Ernest Race (1913–1964). Although not as well known as his contemporaries Charles and Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, or Arne Jacobsen, Race was a pivotal figure in the modern development of design and manufacturing processes during post-war shortages—in Britain wood was rationed, so Race worked with aluminum salvaged from military aircraft, thin solid steel rods used for armaments, and sometimes upholstered with parachute silk.
Among BuzziSpace’s new releases are Race’s 1946 aluminum BA3 chair and BA3A armchair, now with upholstered leather seat and back; and his iconic Antelope armchair, with steel stick legs on ball feet and curving armrests like a cartoon line drawing, which was commissioned in 1951 for the outdoor terraces of London’s new Royal Festival Hall. Other pieces in the BuzziSpace launch include the 1948 Rocker, 1951 Gazelle round table and the 1955 BA table designed to work with the BA3 chairs.