Giacomo Balla. Child’s wardrobe. 1918
Childlike figures composed of geometric forms flank the sides of this wardrobe. The piece was from a series of experimental interiors and toys for children created by Balla at the height of his involvement with Italian Futurism, an early-twentieth-century movement that emphasized concepts such as speed and industry, it also followed the birth of his second daughter, Elica (“propellor” in Italian), in 1914. Balla viewed design for children as an important part of the Futurist mission to reconstruct society, seeing their youthful energy was a natural match for expressions of the frenetic tempo of modern life.
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