In 1974, then young architects Lluís Clotet and Oscar Tusquets created a bench with a curved perforated steel seat and back for a newly formed BD Barcelona Design.
“We have discovered a new way to ideally adapt the deployé. The material is elastic, easily curved in one direction making it resistent. It wastes no iron plates and is perforated. This reduces the steel from heating up, permits quick drying after a downpour and gives the bench an appearance of transparency -an effect we have been persuing from the start. We have also introduced freedom to the length of the bench, now being able to increase in modules of metres.” wrote Clotet and Tusquets to present the Catalano bench for Studio Per in 1974.
“These young architects designed the Catalano when there wasn’t even a definition for outdoor furniture, but we can affirm that it was initiated with the bench.” says BD Barcelona. “The secret for success was in the virtues within the steel ‘déployé’, it’s profile, it’s ergonomics which is unsurpassable.”
For Catalano 4.0, a special 40th anniversary edition, Axalta Coating Systems has specially designed four bright colours in pastel tones to give new life to the Catalano.