Modern design chest of drawers - MHC.1 - Molteni&C
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MHC.1

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MHC.1 is a new edition of the prototype of the first modern piece of furniture made by Molteni&C, the chest of drawers designed by Werner Blaser. Thought it was never produced industrially, in 1955 it won first prize at the Cantù “Prima mostra selettiva - Concorso internazionale del mobile”, a competition designed to re-qualify the image of Italian furniture making. The jury was made up of Gio Ponti, Alvar Alto, Romano Barocchi, Carlo de Carli and Finn Juhl. The unusual joinery features a simple three-fork joint.

Prima mostra selettiva - Concorso internazionale del mobile 1955

Design Werner Blaser


Technical Details

After issuing a limited edition run of 100 numbered pieces, two new non-numbered versions are available in the new finishes honey pattern wood and black ash wood.

Design

Werner Blaser

Born in 1924 and a student of Alvar Aalto, Blaser studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and in Japan. He opened his own studio in Basle in 1959 and for a long time worked with Mies van der Rohe, publishing various books about the latter’s architecture.

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Werner Blaser

I travelled widely in Japan and the details reflect the influence of that world. And since the competition was anonymous, the jury presumed that I was a Japanese designer, while I was actually from Basel!”.

Werner Blaser

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