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Article by Konstantinos Deloudis
Posted on January 03rd, 2011
in Design & Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind, B.Arch. M.A. BDA AIA is an international figure in architectural practice and urban design. He is well known for introducing a new critical discourse into architecture and for his multidisciplinary approach.  His practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions - including museums and concert halls- to convention centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers and residential work.  He also designs opera sets and maintains an object design studio.

“TORQ armchair is inspired by the Museo di Arte Contemporanea (in Milano) which is based on Leonardo’s inscription of the human figure in the circle and the square. This dynamic ensemble is created by simple geometries in a complex relationship that offers an artistic expression for the home or office. The Torq - the armchair and the table – positions the human figure in a new contemporary space.

The concept of the Torq continues a conversation with the traditions of tubular steel furniture originating in the Bauhaus, passing through the art deco period and into our time. What is new in the architecture of the armchair and the table, is the concept of transforming a square tubular base through a series of projections, into a circle. Torq develops a new reading of the relationship between supporting structure, the seat and the back, and for the table and the top. A tension develops between the linear construction of the tubular steel and the volumetric opacity of the seat, the back rest and the table top.

The Torq ensemble is as variegated as a building, functioning in different modes: line, plane, mass, volume and space engaged in a contrapuntal movement. In construction, use and appearance, Torq speaks to the fact that despite scale differences there is a true conceptual equivalence between furniture and architecture.”

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