The Pedrera lamps are both modern and classic.
Many architects and furniture designers of the Bauhaus era were intent on providing well-designed homes and impeccably manufactured furnishings for the "common man". in 1955, Barba Corsini, a leading functionalist architect, realised his contemporary vision through his renovation of the loft space and the furnishings he custom designed for "La Pedrera". Antoni Gaudi, who originally designed "La Pedrera", is generally consideredthegreat master of Spanish Modernism but his unique body of work cannot be defined by any single style or simple classification. Corsini was a great admirer of Finnish architecture, which he believed to be the finest in Europe on account of the powerful simplicity of the designs. 'Powerful simplicity' is indeed an apt description of Corsini's personal design style, as represented by the Pedrera series.
Corsini & Millet
Barba Corsini (1916-2008) & Joaquim Ruiz Millet (1955 - ) designed the Pedrera lamps, which are both modern and classic. Some of the lamps were designed by Barba Corsini, others in association with or by his protegé, Joaquim Ruiz Millet.
Barba Corsini (1916-2008) was a leading functionalist architect who won international praise for his architecture and his design for La Pedrera. Corsini was strongly inspired by German architect, Mies van der Rohe and American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He also had a great affinity to Finnish architecture, which he believed to be the finest in Europe on account of the powerful simplicity of the designs. 'Powerful simplicity' is perhaps an apt description of Corsini's personal design style, as represented by the Pedrera series.
Joaquim Ruiz Millet (1955 - ) created Galeria H20 in Barcelona in 1989, where he furthered his activities as gallery owner, cultural agitator, curator of exhibitions, and editor of books and design objects. During the renovation of La Pedrera in 1991, he discovered the beauty of the great floor lamp (PD2) and rescued it from being thrown in the trash. He contacted Barba Corsini in order to relaunch the original designs from 1955.