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May 21, 2012

PEDRO FRIEDEBERG AND WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW HIS NAME!!

Filed under: hand chairs,pedro friedeberg — Tags: , , — jherzlinger @ 8:10 am

I am totally obsessed with everything beautiful and interesting and have always been particularly obsessed with Pedro Friedeberg.  You know, the Hand Chairs! and the Stunning Hand Tables! The Gorgeous Butterfly Chairs ! His life and his philosophy are very interesting and if you think about an artist like Dali, or Gaudi and compare their philosophies, you will find so many similarities.  It is always of much interest to me to learn about what drives an artist, and what were their lives about , that the results are poured into their art! Here is Pedro’s bio, briefly put, on himself

“I was born in Italy during the era of Mussolini, who made all trains run on time. Immediately thereafter, I moved to México where the trains are never on time, but where once they start moving they pass pyramids.

My education was first entrusted to a Zapotec governess and later to brilliant mentors such as Mathias Goeritz, who taught me morals, José González, who taught me carpentry, and Gerry Morris, who taught me to play bridge.

I have invented several styles of architecture, as well as one new religion and two salads. I am particularly fond of social problems and cloud formations. My work is profoundly profound.

I admire everything that is useless, frivolous and whimsical. I hate functionalism, post modernism and almost everything else. I do not agree with the dictum that houses are supposed to be ‘machines to live in’. For me, the house and it’s objects is supposed to be some crazy place that make you laugh.

Americans do not understand Mexicans and viceversa. Americans find Mexicans unpunctual, they eat funny things and act like old-fashioned Chinese. When André Breton came to Mexico he said it was the chosen Country of surrealism. Breton saw all kinds of surrealist things happen here every day. The surrealists are more into dreaming, into the absurd and into the ridiculous uselesness of things. My work is always criticizing the absurdity of things. I am an idealist. I am certain that very soon now humanity will arrive at a marvelous epoch totally devoid of Knoll chairs, jogging pants, tennis shoes and baseball caps sideway use, and the obscenity of Japanese rock gardens five thousand miles from Kyoto.”

So enjoy!

Have a great Monday!

Love, Jamie

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