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Patrimonial Addition Planas Viau

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We announce the Patrimonial Additions of Planas Viau into the IDA Foundation.

The studio-factory PlanasViau was born in 2002 with the recovery of the old Querandí factory, in Lomas de Zamora (Buenos Aires). The start-up was carried out by the brothers Gustavo and Roberto Viau, and their partner Carlos Planas. 

His passion for glass was discovered by the filmmaker, Gustavo Viau, when he had to get a glass globe for the production of "Highlander II" (1991). Committed to preserve the millenary craft of glass, they revisited the work of the team of masters formed by immigrants from Bohemia (Czech Republic), thus encouraging the emergence of artisans and techniques. They manufactured everyday products and art objects for decoration, lighting and architecture, based on an innovative approach to the design and treatment of the material. This production allowed them to market their pieces to 16 countries on four continents, exporting talent and Argentine quality.

They worked on special projects with designers such as Ricardo Blanco, Federico Churba, Juan Kayser, Alejandro Ruiz, Marco Sanguinetti, Gustavo Marinic, Patricia Lescano; and with the artists Mónica Van Asperen, Luis Benedit, Rogelio Pollesello, Josefina Robirosa, Clorindo Testa, Juan Andrés Videla and Luis Wels. They carried out interior design projects in Argentina – such as the Faena Hotel in Puerto Madero, designed by Philippe Starck – and abroad, for tony Chi's W Hotel (Chile), the Grand Hyatt Erawan (Bangkok) and for the firm Luminaire (South Africa). In turn, they accessed local and international fairs and events such as Puro Diseño, Casa Foa, Messe Frankfurt, Fiera Milano, 100% Design London, 100% Design Tokyo, Peter Harvey, Apartment by design. Sadly, the glass furnace went out in 2009, although the studio continued to materialize architectural designs and mirrors until 2014. The pieces "Bowl Fusion"; the "Neoda" lamp and the "Mate Blanco" are part of the collection of the Modern Museum and the private collection of the architect Toyo Ito and IDA Foundation. The recent addition to IDA’s collection includes 14 pieces that display the versatile and innovative work of local designers, as well as the impressive development of vitreous techniques.