The Designer - ENRICO TAGLIETTI
On the 60th anniversary of the original design, Enrico Taglietti engaged Thor Diesendorf to help develop a new interpretation of the chair using modern materials and construction methods. The design developed into a two piece chair with an emphasis on use of timber, while keeping the chair both light and strong. The new chair is named Polyhedrica. Its angular, faceted design reflects Taglietti’s architectural language of massed geometric forms that is characteristic of his buildings and projects in Canberra.
The original prototype chair from 1954, and one of the five new 2014 Polyhedrica has been acquired by the Australian National Gallery and will be on display in 2016.
Currently Enrico Taglietti continues to work on architectural design projects, including the new Pakistani Embassy, and is also working on further furniture designs.
Born Milan Italy 1926, Dr Enrico Taglietti is recognised as a leading practitioner of the late twentieth century organic style of architecture. His unique sculptural and geometric style draws upon Italian free form construction and post-war Japanese architecture. He has designed many houses, schools, churches and commercial buildings in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and his projects have won numerous RAIA awards. In March 2007 Enrico was awarded Australia’s most prestigious architecture prize—the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Gold Medal for Architecture.
Shortly after graduating from Milan Polytechnic in architecture in 1954, Enrico Taglietti designed a chair, table and bed for a home in Milan, which were featured in the architectural journal Domus. This chair was the original Poliedrica. It went on to be included in the 1954 Milan Triennale furniture exhibition, and the rights to manufacture were acquired by Altamira, an American company based in New York