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Lina Bo Bardi

Lina Bo Bardi

Born italian and graduated from the Rome College of Rome, architect Lina Bo Bardi moved to Milan to collaborate with Carlo Pagani and Gio Ponti, opening her own studio in 1942 at age of 28. She worked into ilustration for magazines such as Stile or Grazia, becoming Deputy Director of Domus Magazine. Married to art critic Pietro Maria Bardi, they moved to Brasil in 1946 where she re­established her practice and where they both co­founded Habitat Magazine. Lina Bo Bardi built some of the most iconic buildings in this period, as Casa do Vidro, her own house now Instituto Lina Bo Bardi, the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) or the center of culture SESC Pompeia.
Besides architecht Giancarlo Palanti, she founded Studio de Arte Palma to design economical furniture with the intention of promoting industrial design in Brazil, using brasilian materials and woods. Lina Bo Bardi would pioneer in the use of laminated and compensated wood, metal-framed furniture with upholstered seast. Most of these designs were used for the furnishing of Casa de Vidro, one of Brazil’s architectural masterworks, designed and erected by Lina in 1951.