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Postmodern eclecticism, Dharma
Of all the adjectives chosen by critics to give an identity to postmodern architecture, there is one, in particular, that captures its most imaginative and ironically light-hearted aspect, “neo-eclectic”. Reading it, we are able to set our imagination sailing towards lands that await us, ready to be rediscovered with different eyes.
Dharma, the new collection from Baxter, is inspired by that moment when the project plays with quotation and ornamentation returns to the centre of interest even in design, those 1970s made of glamour beyond fashion, and translates them into four sculptural pieces that are plastic, solid and, at the same time, dynamic.
Stool, armchair, bench and lounger, in lacquered finishes, sparkle with glossy reflections and permeate the outdoors with a diversity that one immediately wants to get close to. The colour palette is borrowed from the pop, bourgeois, vibrant canvases of neatly composed life painted by David Hockney. To reassure us and give us a comfortable place to sit, they can be accessorised with cushions and mattresses in leather or fabric in a wide range of variants also designed for outdoor use, the great Baxter classics.
“Our aim was to experiment and break away from using outdoor materials that imitate natural ones. We wondered what we would like to find around a swimming pool on a hot sunny afternoon,” explains Studiopepe about this collaboration.
The unusual that we suddenly cannot do without; so evocative of eras that we feel we have lived through them, of places we have frequented, so well constructed and contextualised, that it is perfect not only in the garden and on the veranda, but also in the bedroom, or in a living room. The character of Dharma accessories is that of a successful pool party, of light-hearted, cultured company, of a friendship that is just beginning and full of promise.