Ergonomics and recycling

By 7 May, 2017Objects in focus

In Gaudí’s work, magic extends from the smallest pieces to the most majestic columns. The yellow flowers that adorned the garden of Casa Vicens, were stamped on ceramic tiles, the stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Mallorca decided to shine more than ever thanks to the trichomy technique and the chimneys of Casa Batlló, were covered with thousands of pieces of trencadís.

Even so, this magic is not only found in its buildings, but also part of a large piece of furniture designed by the same architect. Gaudí did not remain alien to the new concept of the house as an artistic work very common in the nineteenth-century in England and, in turn, conceived all the interior furniture as part of this art.

Using his extensive knowledge and mastery of construction, he gave life to a whole range of extraordinary furniture. An example of these are the twenty English oak-tree benches that were part of the Colonia Güell, designed by Gaudí in 1914. Its magic touch lies in the way they were built: the architect took advantage of the wood that had been to the packing boxes that transported the machinery for the Güell factories from England. Where any other person could only see a few pieces of wood and steel, Gaudí knew how to modelate it to create a bank, adapting its shape to that of the human body. Yes, you read it well, the modernist genius was not only able to create beautiful works from recycled materials, but he was also was a great fan of ergonomics. We observe the same with the knobs on the doors of Casa Batlló, which also adapt to the hands of all those who open them.

In short, nature, people and architecture come together in a perfect complicity that gives fruit to harmony, beauty, functionality and comfort, the main attributes that characterize Antoni Gaudí’s work.