By Romaine Delage. Barcelona Chair. Published at Friday, December 22nd, 2017 - 11:19:01 AM.
Designing a tiny area using Vitra furniture is likely to make it appear visually much bigger. The fresh creases of the enjoyable molded Panton chair or perhaps classically modern Barcelona chair will enhance virtually any modest bedroom.
The Barcelona was subject to a redesign in 1950, as stainless steel was used in the manufacturing process to make the frame out of one piece of metal. The bolts therefore became redundant and enabled the sleek lines which are cherished now as much as back then. Luxurious full grain aniline leather is now used instead of pig skin and they retain an admiration for the real thing in accordance with the fundamental dictates of design, materials and production processes.
Despite this, it's easy to be duped into buying a low quality product without knowing it. To ensure your replica Barcelona chair is of the highest standard, there are a few main tells you can keep an eye out for. Are the cushions of the correct proportion? Many cheaper reproductions have cushions which are too large. Not only does this throw off the carefully considered proportions of Mies and Reich's design, it can also be indicative of lower quality materials.
Whilst the labour intensive construction process has not been replaced, the original use of pig's skin for the covering and the bolting together of the legs were altered by Mies redesign in 1950. He instead used bovine leather for the covering and introduced the smooth and continuous lines of a single stainless steel frame for the chair to be built around. The classic ivory colouring remained, and still remains an integral feature of the Barcelona Chair 80 years on.
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