The tribute to Clara Porset excels not only for her beautiful designs, but also enables the exchange with beautiful items of minimum cost and functional value
The first Havana Design Biennial took place from May 14 to 20 with a program with plenty of activities. The theoretical event has been accompanied by significant exhibitions of young artists and by master designers in the projection of functional items.
Fábrica de Arte Cubano brings together some expressions of the most emerging national design, however, Clara Porset, the eternal return exhibition is worth a visit for its legacy to future students. This display by Factoría Habana allows us to learn and get familiar with the furniture of the Latin American pioneering creator of the interior design.
Pieces of diverse types and functions can be seen on a walk around the three floors of the gallery, among them, tables, rocking chairs, armchairs elaborated from the simplicity of the materials and the comfort of the furniture. Many different projects carried out in Cuba and Mexico, where she lived for a long period, are collected in images. The home of architect colleagues and missions like the National School of Art (ENA) were furnished with the excellence of her work.
Clara Porset (Matanzas, 1895-1981) took studies at the National School of Architecture in Paris and gained experience in the United States and Germany. Mexico gave her a singular repertoire of designs through popular models and the indigenous tradition.
Porset also stood out due to the promotion of exhibitions dealing with the topic of industrial design. “Art of daily life”, from the hands of the Maestra, this was the first exhibition of this kind in Mexico. The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was privileged for witnessing her lessons in a creative world monopolized by men.
The first Havana Design Biennial brings light to the inventive and original productions of national distinction. The tribute to Clara Porset excels not only for her beautiful designs, but also enables the exchange with beautiful items of minimum cost and functional value.