The Fronzoni ’64 Series: minimalism and the Renaissance

The A.G. Fronzoni ’64 Series – a line of tables and chairs launched in 1964 by Angiolo Giuseppe Fronzoni (1923-2002) – revolves around rectangular and square planes supported by metal structures. It is an icon of the minimalism the designer was renowned for.

In a 1995 interview, Fronzoni explained his artistic education perfectly: “I was born in Pistoia, and carry inside me the rational culture that imbued the Renaissance. Therefore, I love the rationalism in 20th-century art and architecture. I looked at works by the century’s most important artists, and even obtained some documents of the Russian avant-garde – by Malevitch – a long time ago. I was inspired by Terragni, Mies, as well as the essential and poor architecture of the Middle Ages. By ‘poor’ I mean they used fewer materials, technology, and kept costs as low as possible. I have always been fascinated by essential Japanese style, and by the idea of eliminating everything to achieve environments that are free of ornaments, where there is nothing but architecture and space responds to the basic needs in life” (in F. Carmagnola-V.Pasca, “Minimalismo, etica delle forme e nuova semplicità del design”, Lupetti, Milan 1996).

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