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Milano, 1932
Gianluigi Banfi, Ludovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti, and Ernesto Nathan Rogers found the BBPR studio in 1932. Fully in step with the European avant- gardes, they become members of International Congresses of Modern Architecture (CIAM). In 1938, racial laws force Rogers to emigrate to Switzerland. Due to their antifascist commitment, Banfi and Belgiojoso are sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp in 1944 where Banfi dies. After WWII, BBPR promotes new architecture such as Milan’s Velasca Tower (1958) which interacts with the pre-existing environmental surroundings, thanks to Rogers’s theoretical activity. BBPR innovates the panorama of office furnishings with the Spazio series for Olivetti Synthesis, winning the 1962 Golden Compass Award.

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