Polish design classics: The armchairs RM 56, RM57 and RM58 by Roman Modzelewski are now produced by Vzor, a new Polish design manufacturer. Roman Modzelewski was born in 1912 in Lozdzieje, Lithuania, and died 1997 in Lodz, Poland. He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He was a long-standing professor and Rector of the Lodz Academy. The language of abstraction, geometry of form, symbolism of colour and significance of texture were important issues in his paintings. His first furniture designs, an armchair and a chair made of plywood presented at the Second All-Poland Exhibition of Interior Design, Warsaw, in 1957, received the second prize in the category of furniture for their innovative form and the application of modern materials. After making the most of plywood´s flexibility, he started to work with plastics. Completed in 1958, the armchair made of fiberglass was a pioneering application of this material in Poland. Interest on the part of Le Corbusier in the production of the model in France resulted in its patent in 1961, but its production never materialized. Roman Modzelewskis paintings and designs can be found in the Museum of Art in Lodz, the National Museum in Warsaw, and Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
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