SIDE GALLERY, established in Barcelona in 2016, works with international design of the twentieth century and contemporary design. The gallery focuses on Latin American historical design from countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, primarily concentrating on the work of Luis Barragán, Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer, and Joaquim Tenreiro. For its contemporary design projects, the gallery invites international designers to rethink design and handcraft traditions, proposing a dialogue between two centuries to develop limited-edition works, commissioned and produced exclusively.
Design Miami/ Basel 2021 Exhibition
Geraldo de Barros is regarded as a pioneer, his ideas of modernity envisioned social utility beyond the traditional conventions of Sao Paulo society. He founded collaborations and collectives, perhaps his most ambitious being the formation of the Unilabor community. Created in 1954, Unilabor became a mechanism of modernization from below, producing furniture based on his constructive references with function outside of cognitive perception. Unilabor was unity in work and a unity through work. A self-managed factory run by the workers, it was a system of production that aimed to unify not only form and function, but also a living community and production processes. The discreet beauty of Unilabor furniture pieces is certainly informed by this balance of forces. In its context, Unilabor in fact quickly became a social model. It was a working environment that was perceived as healthy. Side Gallery will dedicate their booth to the work of this prolific furniture maker. The gallery will work in collaboration with the family of Gerlado de Barros and will display a selection of works in several mediums such as furniture, photography and painting, some of them from the De Barros estate and from private collections never shown till now.