Brazilian Guilherme Torres is famous for his innovative residential and commercial architectural projects as well as for his interiors and furniture designs. In 2001, he founded his own studio, today headquartered in São Paulo. Clear forms, minimalistic details and an expressive yet discrete range of materials are among the trademarks of Torres, who was born in 1973 in Londrina.
His Bow Table series has been part of the ClassiCon collection since 2018 and has already become one of the most wanted contemporary designs. In 2022, it was supplemented by another height in rectangular form with the Bow Coffee Table No. 6.
In its design and choice of materials, the Bow Table series cites the design era of the 1970s. What fascinates you personally about this?
I was born in the 70s, and coincidentally, I consider this decade as one of the most fascinating periods of design history. As early as the 1960s, the garments of Courreges, Balenciaga and Cardin were focused on the synergy of materials and geometry. Whenever I do my researches on design, I look for fashion because it is the epicenter of any social change. Those were tense periods in history, and furniture design as well as fashion design suggested optimism and change.
In your view, what is the most characteristic feature of the Bow Table?
All my design has a vintage feel to it, and my secret is that I solely rely on the archetypes of what I see. The rounded shapes of its corners and proportions could fit into other eras, perhaps a century ago or ahead.
Depending on how you slide different versions of the Bow Table next to and on top of each other, a flexible sculpture is created. Do you have a favorite combination?
I'm always looking for my perfect match! I still haven't found it and the chase fascinates me. I originally concepted them as composable items in three different sizes, same material, but at different heights. Later, I had the idea of crafting them with marble and I loved combining them in different materials. I also believe that using other materials and finishes such as wood and paint will soon become a natural evolution of my work.
“Work it harder, Make it better”– Brazilian designer and professed perfectionist Guilherme Torres has set himself this motto, based on song lyrics by the French music duo Daft Punk. Clear forms, minimalistic details and an expressive yet discrete range of materials are among his trademarks.