This week we are inspired by Italian designer, Romeo Rega. He is one of the many 1970s-era designers that celebrated the combination of modernism and glamour in their furniture creations.
The 70’s was a time for change and creative innovation. Rega was part of a group of Italian designers combining inventiveness and elegance with strong modernist influence. Working with Willy Rizzo & Gabriella Crespi they championed the term Modernist Glam. He began to apply the traditional methods of working iron with materials such as brass, steel and lucite. The four-rod tables, zeta consoles and obelisk lamps are some of his most famous pieces. The trademark Romeo Rega with the double ‘R’s was first used on New Years Eve 1969 and is symbolic of the turn to the 1970’s.
Rega was not only a designer but also a master iron forger. He followed in the footsteps of his artisan father Pietro. He apprenticed with a master blacksmith and forger from whom he learned the art of iron. In the late 1940’s he opened a small shop in Trastevere, Rome where he began to work with wrought iron, designing and realizing gates, railings and iron furniture.
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