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Reviving Legacy: Tamart’s Debut Collection

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Tamart, a new furniture brand, is reviving the modernist design archive of Tamar de Shalit and Arthur Goldreich. Architect Amos Goldreich, their son, has launched the brand to spotlight his mother’s legacy ahead of his more famous father, Arthur Goldreich, known for his role in the anti-apartheid movement.

The inaugural collection, launched during Milan Design Week, features 10 furniture objects based on the couple’s archive of more than 10,000 drawings, photographs, documents, and prototypes. Amos deliberately puts De Shalit in the spotlight, highlighting her as the driving force behind their creative partnership.

The collection includes pieces like the Central Stool, based on a design De Shalit produced as a student in London. Other designs include the Clore Lounge Chair and the Red Rock Club Chair, each with its own unique story and design inspiration.

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The brand’s name, Tamart, combines Tamar and Arthur, symbolizing their collaborative spirit and the love that powered their work. Amos sees the project as a collaboration between himself and his parents, allowing him to put his own stamp on their designs while staying true to their original vision.

In developing the collection, Amos worked with furniture designer Adrian Weidmann to adapt the designs for modern manufacturing techniques and sustainability standards. They avoided using upholstery foam and chose fabric options like Contrast, a woven wool textile based on a patterned scarf De Shalit designed.

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The launch of Tamart’s collection marks a significant moment in design history, bringing to light the often overlooked contributions of Tamar de Shalit to the world of modernist design. The collection’s debut at Milan Design Week is a testament to the enduring appeal and relevance of their designs, showcasing how past influences can inspire contemporary creations.

Tamart’s furniture collection highlights the trend of reviving archival designs and celebrating lesser-known designers’ contributions to modernist design. The use of sustainable materials and modern manufacturing techniques reflects the growing emphasis on eco-conscious design in the furniture industry. Tamart’s approach also aligns with the trend of storytelling in design, where each piece has a unique narrative and historical significance. The collection’s reception at Milan Design Week underscores the importance of honoring design legacies and exploring the intersection of art, history, and contemporary design.

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