Rosewood, lacquered metal and brass
Italy, c.a 1950
Ignazio Gardella (1905-1999) was an Italian architect and designer. He received recognition for the designs of the Dispenario Antitubercolare and the Laboratorio Provinciale di Igiene, both located in Alessandria. Although the buildings are perfect examples of Italian Rationalism, after these projects Gardella broke away from the limitations of this style: his later works followed contemporary architectural and design trends, making him difficult to label. He received many awards for architecture and design throughout his career, and was an honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Accademia di San Luca, and honorary fellow of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera.