Friday, March 18, 2011

Barcelona Chair ... Dreaming

Since the start of the year, I have developed an ardent fascination with the Barcelona Chair.  I love its simple design and timeless beauty, and how it can instantly add a seamless layer of chic to a room.  I love how it made tufting look so quiet and modern.   

The Barcelona Chair was designed by acclaimed German architect Mies Van der Rohe for the German Pavilion at the Barcelona World’s Fair in 1928.   Can you believe this chair was designed over 80 years ago?  The design still looks incredibly modern.  And if one is not aware of the lineage and history of this chair, it would be easy to think of it as a recent creation.  While the original design was made in stainless steel with ivory leather, the Barcelona Chair now has many variations and has inspired countless other furniture designs.  

Personally I love them in white Italian full grain aniline leather. I would love for this modern classic to find a place in my living room.  I want it in pairs - with matching ottomans.  How glorious, di ba!

But since we live in Manila where air pollution is at a very notorious level, maybe black Italian full grain aniline leather would be a more reasonable option.  I think it would survive better.

I am saving up for my Barcelona.  In the meantime I find myself going to my digital album of Barcelona chairs.... patiently waiting...

How about you, what color do you like? I'd like to hear your thoughts on this...

image credits:  all images taken from various sources.  Sorry, did not note down sources as it was just primarily intended to be for my private digital album.

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