Monday, June 20, 2011

Detecma chair | Tullio Regge | Gufram, Italy | 1970

Tullio Regge was born July 11, 1931 in Turin, Italy.  He obtained a degree in physics from the University of Turin in 1952 and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Rochester in 1957. From 1958 to 1959 Regge held a post at the Max Planck Institute for Physics where he worked with Werner Heisenberg. In 1961 he was appointed to chair of Relativity at the University of Turin. He held an appointment at the Institute for Advanced Study from 1965 to 1979. At present he is emeritus professor at the Polytechnic University of Turin.  He is a highly decorated and regarded theoretical physicist.  He received the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics in 1964, the Citt di Como prize in 1968, the Albert Einstein Award in 1979, and the Cecil Powell Medal in 1987.

Tullio Regge also designed a chair.  A really cool chair:

At the end of 1970 a Turin-based company asked me to design a chair. I chose a form of absolutely pure mathematics…Dupin’s Cyclide.  The chair was not marketed properly and has now disappeared from the market.

Analytic Geometry by Hilbert and Cohn-Vossen (p.285)

Left: From From Design to Design, a page from Analytic Geometry by Hilbert and Cohn-Vossen, the book used by Tullio Regge. Right: A computer generated Dupin’s cyclide from Wikipedia.  For more information about the mathematics of the cyclide, click here.

Detecma chair, production ca. 1977

The Detecma chair, production ca. 1977.  Image source:  From Design to Design.

Detecma chair, Home pictures 1972

Two Detecma chairs.  Image source:  Furniture Fashion.

Detecma chair

La Triennale di Milano Design Museum logo

Detecma chair from the La Triennale di Milano Design Museum.  Image source.

Gufram miniatures, Cactus, Torneraj and Detecma

Gufram miniatures, Detecma and Torneraj

The Detecma miniature model from p. 90 of Modern Equipment galerie ulrich fiedler.  There’s not a whole lot of plastic in the exhibition catalog, but there is a lot of great design.  Click the cover below for a copy.

Modern Equipment


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