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COMTE and the beginning of modernism in Buenos Aires

COMTE was founded on 1932 as a company dedicated to the interior design and the production and sale of furniture and decorative objects. It was directed by Ignacio Pirovano, Jose E. Tivalo and Mariano mansilla Morena. COMTE was located on Arenales 1079 and years later it moved to Florida 954.

In COMTE S.A. they created and reproduced the most important furniture design for the most important residences, setting an innovative trend within argentinian “avant garde”. The french designer with which COMTE would collaborate the most during 1932 until his death on 1941 was Jean Michel Frank.

COMTE imported numerous Frank designs and from his partner Adolphe Chenaux, for a variety of private customers and for the company artisans to reproduce these designs from 1932 to 1950, competing with the best french cabinetmakers.

The company took many commissions for the public sector and also for wealthy private customers that includes, the presidential house, ten ministries in buenos aires and their branches in their provinces, five embassies including the embassy of the United States of America, eight hotels including the Llao Llao Hotel on the patagonia and both the Provincial and Horizonte hotel on Mar del Plata.