DARRO, DESIGN OR ART (1959-1979)
DARRO, DESIGN OR ART
FEB 01 2019 - MAR 10 2019
When Paco Muñoz founded Darro in 1959, the outlook in that post-war Spain was bleak. He revolutionized the design world of 1950s Madrid. The city was slowly starting accept the avant-garde designs appearing in certain stores thanks to the furniture Darro and his team of frontward facing architects such as Javier Carvajal, Miguel Fisac or Equipo 57.
The store, a benchmark in the capital in the 1950s and 1960s, served as a showcase for the new artistic and decorative trends that were beginning to arrive in Spain, from 1962 the store was also an art gallery, and was filled with a selection of Nordic designs as well as works from the Italian firm Arflex that gave the space an air of exclusivity and modernity.
"When Paco Muñoz founded Darro in 1959, the outlook in that post-war Spain was bleak. He revolutionized the design world of 1950s Madrid"
To demonstrate the increasing importance Darro has in the history fo Spanish design, the Machado-Muñoz gallery, recovered 60 of his pieces, of which certain pieces such as, the beautiful Riaza chair (made of Spanish walnut wood and leather), are now categorized as icons of Spanish design.
The firm was unfortunately closed in the late 70s due to problems with exporting and other reasons. The legacy of Darro is uncontestable and was in shown in all its splendor at the exhibition hall of the Fernán Gómez Cultural Center, in Plaza de Colón.