Giovanni Battista Bassi (1926-2013) was an Italian architect, city planner and designer who left his mark on his home city of Pistoia. His admiration of Frank Lloyd Wright shines through in this desk/cabinet which celebrates the organic character of pine wood. It also echoes the craft honesty of the Arts and Crafts movement, De Stijl and Gerrit Rietveld. Describing his approach to teaching students, Bassi declared “I don’t give abstract formulas like theoretical movements, but I tell them work with heart in hand, with affection.” Examples of Bassi’s work is currently held by MoMA, New York and a monograph was published in 2006: Giovanni Battista Bassi: Il Sogno Diventa Forma by Alessandro Suppressa.
When closed the piece is a flush tall cabinet, ideal for small spaces. It then folds down to become a desk or compact dining table. Original good condition, minor wear and losses, further restoration available on request.
H187 W108 D81cm