The name Bugatti has long been associated with a golden age of expensive, often extravagant, but always finely engineered cars.
The name Bugatti has long been associated with a golden age of expensive, often extravagant, but always finely engineered cars. But the Bugatti family excelled in other spheres of artistic and technical endeavour. The Bugatti Owners Club Golden Jubilee Exhibition being held in London, u.K., aims to demonstrate the breadth of the family's genius.
SYNOPSIS: The exhibition at the Royal College of Art shows the work of three generations of the Bugatti family. Most family. Most familiar are the cars of Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean. Ettore shoed an interest in engineering from an early age and he grasped the intricacies of motor vehicles without needing them explained. When he became a manufacturer he insisted on excellent craftsmanship in the execution of his designs.
Ettore's brother Rembrandt was a skilled and hugely successful sculptor until he committed suicide at the age of 30. Brilliant though the artist' brother was, it was Ettore's cars that for most people represent the work of the Bugattis.
Nearly eight thousand Bugatti cars were made, ranging from the most elegant and refined limousines, to brutal racing types, one of which ended the life of Ettore's son Jean, He crashed testing a type 59, said to be capable of 180 miles per hour (290 kilometres per hour) in 1939.
But the Bugatti who first established the family's creative reputation was Ettore and Rembrandt's father, Carlo. His furniture like this sofa now owned by pop singer Elton John is now much sought after.
Son of a sculptor Carlo began by trying to prove a theory of perpetual motion. Carlo became an exceptional cabinet maker, much influence byu Oriental and Eastern design. He worked at a time of much experimentation which led to the emergence of "art nouveau". Carlos Bugatti established a reputation for originality and workmanship, and founded a family with remarkable creative talents.