The Womb Chair, the Ultimate Reading Chair

In a very recent review from living etc, the Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair is signaled as one of the 31 best chairs for reading nowadays. Not bad for a chair designed when John F. Kennedy was still President of the United States, right?

The Womb Chair is reviewed in the blog under the subtitle Honour a Mid Century Scheme. Among the other models selected, we have the Eames Lounge Chair (Obviously), a Jacobsen’sEgg Chair, and more contempo pieces, like chaise longs.

The purpose of a reading room, or just a special place for family, is mainly a room of relaxing available for everybody in the house. It can be as large and complex as you imagine, but as cozy and warm as you need.

The Womb Chair, thanks to its undetachable Ottoman, and perfect design,  capable to give that “fun” moment both indoor as outdoor , is your perfect company to that reading sessions.

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Flamboyant Chairs: The Spun Chair

From the mind of Thomas Heatherwick, a great British designer, comes the Spun Chair. A flamboyant chair, only at fist sight. Looking like an sculptured empty vessel, the Spun chair is really a mobile relaxing chair.

Once you sit in, you may lean from side to side or rotate around, without falling. The Spun Chair is fun, but is functional, too. Originally released in 2005. Heatherwick tried to solve the question if one completely round and rotationally symmetrical object make a comfortable chair? The success of this flamboyant chair seems to answer the question.

Originally created with the same materials of timpani drums (those big drums used in symphonic  orchestras), the Spun is now made from polypropylene, and it has many replicas around the world. A chair to have fun and give your life a twist.

Thomas Heatherwick is a very famous designer and it has stunning achievements, like the design of the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo of 2010, just like did Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the International Exposition of Barcelona in 1928, with the German Pavilion and the Barcelona Chair.

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Design Trends: What’s off this 2021

Interior design is a great washing machine…Some trends get so popular, so trendy, so hot….That they just get dirty by overuse and lack of criterial. With time and the view from Interior Designers, these trends are renewed and released again to wear, just like clean, pristine clothes. But that requires time to complete the washing cycle. Let’s take a look to what is considered dirty, OFF now.

Mirrored Furniture

There is not half measures with Mirrored furniture. People love it or hate it, but for now, designers hate it the most. Lucite is a better alternative. Mirrored furniture had a short revival by grandmilenials, but it fell in disgrace quickly. Maybe is related to the very inconveniences of excessive mirrors, it doesn’t matter the particular style and time we are. 

Pale Monochromatic spaces

After so many years of Scandinavian imperialism,  it looks like the neutral color trend has gone too far for so long. Bold monochromatic choices are welcomed. Grey and beige are really hard to die dudes, and enhancing them with pints of color (grey + blue) is an alternative.

Concrete

It looked terrific in the 1990s and they were all over the place: Homes, Airports, Malls, Hospitals. Concrete floors were extremely popular due to its versatility and its easy maintenance. Today we’ve seen enough of this trend and maybe is time for concrete to rest for a while.

Subway Tile

Another overexposed material. Subway tile, supposedly used for the first time in the NYC sub, became highly popular in the 1990s, and it still is. Indeed it became a classic for cafes, bistros, bakeries, and so on. The new trends are all about color and life, so there is not space for that boring (now) white walls.

Marble and granite

Staining or etching is a permanent risk with  marble and that makes it sometimes undesirable, especially in kitchens where it turns to be inevitable. Faux marble imitations are doing great (porcelain, plastic fiber), is less expensive and it reaches almost the same heights of beauty.

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Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Neutral Vs Colorful

Nowadays, there is an intense dispute in Interior Design between colorful advocates and their neutral counterparts. They both defend some pretty good concepts in the use of color for our spaces.

When it comes to the neutral team, there are some good reasons to take in consideration. Popular choices in Interior Design nowadays consider neutral choices as their mean element to obtain a relaxing, calm environment, and that’s a common desire for many people. On the other hand, the result may end in a monotone trend, where all living rooms or bedrooms look the same. From there the plea of the colorful team to enrich our spaces and bring them some life.

But, there are some ways to enrich your color palette without blowing your equilibrium, lets share some tips about it.

Enhance your neutrals

If you are not ready to say good bye to your beloved neutral colors, one beautiful alternative is to warm them. Get out of the cold white and bring some green, blue, and stronger hues of grey. The results matching with your furniture will refresh you.

Grey

One of the kings of neutral color, Grey will be here for a while too. Try it with a stronger approach. Other suggestion is not to use grey in a overwhelm way. Don’t use it like the only color around, and get some support with an accent wall where you can complement it or look for a contrast with a bright color

Blue

In several hues, blue is rocking all around this year. The rising of Coastal Living in 2020, has made navy blue a very popular option. But not only in navy, Deep blue is quite popular too, and let’s keep in mind that classic blue was the color of the year 2020, according to Pantone. So, it’s very probable to see this relaxing, cool hue along all 2021, too. 

Light woods

Each year, the influence of natural elements, is greater, so will see a lot about their color tones in our homes. Natural wood, with all its nuances, just like light wood, Originally seen mainly in flooring, light wood its making the crossover to furniture and even as a hue choice for walls, being a very popular choice.

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The Shell Chair: From the Wood to the Rock.

Some interesting things happen when we are in front of a classic piece. No matter if that piece is a literature work, sculpture, a classic sports car, or the design of furniture: There will be always original ways to express admiration and pay tribute to your influencers.

This is the case with the Shell Chair and the original proposal by Zaha Hadid, a group of architects that made a recreation of Hans Wegner’s 1963, CH07 “Shell” Chair” as a sculpture, in stone and carbon fiber.

The Zaha Hadid group called the chair Lapella Chair. Is the exact representation of the original Shell Chair of wood and leather, but in this case, its characteristic winglike silhouette with tapered legs is made of palisandro stone and carbon fiber composites. The final result is a beautiful stunning stone chair, sculped as one only rock.

It wasn’t an easy task. To achieve the same functionality of the original masterpiece, but with a lighter weight, the group of architects worked closely with the University of Westminster and AKT II, an engineering firm based in London. The purpose was to determine the minimum thickness of the stone, capable to support a functional structure. 

By this thoughtful mastering of the stone, the Zaha Hadid group just provided a second air to the  Hans Wegner Shell Chair, with a piece half a sculpture and half a new futuristic chair.

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The Womb Chair: A Chair for Times like This

Winter just left a couple of weeks, but lockdowns an quarantine are still with us, and apparently they will be for some time, and with this, the need for a more comfortable, suitable home.

Comfort is now more than a luxury matter, we are staying home much more time than we never made before. So is a real need. Going from our home office desk to the kitchen, and then to our desk may be as stressful as our office work was before, so distension and relax are necessary.

This is where comfort furniture gets in. The Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair is one fine choice to get that necessary spaces of relax and distension both from work and the house’s tasks. Why is that? Let’s clarify it a little bit:

It is beautiful and colorful.

Only taking a look of the Womb Chair, is enough reason to feel irresistible wishes to sit and curlp up, due to its round shape and cheerful color. That makes it the favorite piece of kids and even pets in your home.

Seat as you like.

With a rounded silhouette that invites you to seat, not only in the traditional posture, but the way you want at the moment. Florence Knoll, the afamed inspirator of theWomb Chair, suggested this way to Eero Saarinen “I told Eero I was sick and tired of the one-dimensional lounges…long and narrow…” she said, “I want one where I can sit in sideways or any other way I want to sit in it.”

Feel the comfort

An of course, in its original version, boucle is the original material of the  Womb Chair. Boucle, French for “curl,” is a heavy textile made with looped yarn.

“The look is irregular, and the tiny loops create shadows, both of which add interest and texture,” says Liz Caan, an Interior Designer, when referring to the cozy feeling of the Womb Chair. Boucle has long been a source of inspiration in the fashion and furniture worlds.

So, don’t wait that much, choose your color and get that reward that you deserve and request in this singular time.

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The Womb Chair: A Work of Two Minds?

 As many lovers of design may know, the Womb Chair is a creation of Eero Saarinen, the legendary Architect creator of fascinating works like the Gateway Arch of St Louis. In furniture, Eero’s other designing icons beside the Womb Chair & Ottoman, including the Tulip Dining Table, Tulip Dining Chair, and the Executive Chair, are still as sought-after today as they were in the 1950s.  His legacy lives now in countless lobbies, living rooms, offices, bedrooms, just like Eero saw it raised during its 1948 boom.

But when it comes to the Womb Chair, there is a definitive second mind in the works that made it happen: Is Florence Knoll, soul and mind of Knoll Furniture and a strong force of Mid Century Modern style.

The Womb Chair was inspired completely by Florence Knoll, who repeatedly said she was tired of regular lounge designs, Mrs. Knoll asked then  Eero to build a chair meant for resting:

“I told Eero I was sick and tired of the one-dimensional lounges…long and narrow…” she said, “I want one where I can sit in sideways or any other way I want to sit in it.”

The brief, was certainly a little unconventional for the time: “I want a chair that is like a basket full of pillows, something I can curl up in.”

Saarinen issued his current new challenge and that was the genesis of the Womb Chair

Early years

World acclaimed Eero Saarinen was born in the Republic of Finland within the year 1910. Saarinen is acknowledged for his innovations, style and for the controversies that enclosed his work. This architecture icon pushed the boundaries of design and created new styles in each project he worked on.

It all started when Eero’s family moved to the USA when he was thirteen years old. Encouraged by his father Eliel Saarinen, who was a prominent figure in the American (and European) art circles of the time, and his mother Loja Gesellius, a very famous sculptor, Eero started working at a very young age.

Later on, after graduating from Yale, he started his long-road career by working on several remarkable projects such as the design of architectural icons like St Louis Gateway Arch in Missouri, CBS building in New York, and the TWA flight center in John F. Kennedy international airport.

Yet, it wasn’t until he decided to follow the footsteps of his father by joining the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Michigan, that he was going to start crafting furniture innovations. Indeed, while studying in the Academy, he became friends with different mid-century modern designers and nowadays figures, including Harry Bertoia, the Eames couple, and Florence Knoll.

The Design of the Womb Chair

Known for his futuristic style, one of the first decisions Eero made for this seat was that it shouldn’t have to rely on excessive padding to be comfy. Instead, he devised a curved inner frame that would mold to the contours of the human body, providing natural comfort.

Once he was proud of the prototype, Eero required to source materials for his new design. However, since those he’d chosen weren’t immediately on the market, it came out to be a troublesome task. Eventually, he half-tracked down a boat builder in New Jersey, who knew about working with fiberglass and persuaded him to help. Then, in 1948 the iconic comfortable seat was born. Originally named No. 70, it presently became referred to as the womb attributable to its snug, organic look.

Why Womb?

As Saarinen explained, he designed on the theory that a great number of people have never really felt comfortable since they left the womb. The final design included a comfortable ottoman that followed the same fiberglass construction vision.

The Womb Chair is the perfect example of collaborative work, team effort and passion for design.

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If we talk about Accent Chairs, we talk about the Shell Chair

It’s easy to find headlines or news about the work of Hans Wegner on a daily basis, considering the impressive volume of work of the Danish master, but into that massive (at least 500) of furniture pieces, the Shell Chair has a singular preference by public from everywhere.

One new proof of that was provided very recently by Gear Patrol, a specialized Men’s Magazine. In one fine article, they include the Shell Chair as one of the best accent chairs of all time. The top 20 Accent Chairs has worldwide popular items such as the Wassily Chair and refreshing surprises, like the Citizenry Lindu Cane Lounge Chair.

When it comes to the Shell Chair, it was praised as: ‘ It’s like the calling card for minimalist-obsessed design-and-streetwear enthusiasts with a penchant for taking mirror pictures.’

And you can enjoy this marvelous piece of design, without paying for the price of an original one. Barcelona Design offers the quality of a original piece for just a fraction of the price.

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Frasier and the Wabi Sabi Principle

It happened in Frasier, the classic sitcom of the 1990s. Frasier, a sophisticated psychologist who lives with his dad, is fed up with the old chair that Martin (his dad) brought there since they’re living together. The chair, old and held together with duct tape, has no place in the cosmopolitan decor of Frasier’s Seattle apartment (A very Mid-Century Modern place). 

So he decides to dump it and buy a new one, a trendy massage chair for its dad. Martin tries the new one…And asks for the old one. After several ups and downs, Frasier gets the old chair and everything gets back to normal.

What can we learn from an episode like this? Decor is not only about beauty and new shiny brand new furniture, or valuable antiques. It has to do with the sentimental value of things we have and cherish, too. As it happens with every aspect of Interior Design, the key resides in balance. Don’t be afraid to show your personality and create a personal, passionate place.

There is a treasured decor principle for this: WabiSabi. This Japanese expression makes reference to finding beauty in imperfection. Wabi refers to living with humility and simplicity while being at one with nature, while Sabi is defined as the ability to accept the lifecycle of anything as it is—flaws and all. And that´s exactly the principle that leaves Frasier for us: To appreciate the old dad´s chair has to do with appreciate imperfection and to be in touch with yourself. 

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Hans Wegner’s Chairs: The Peacock Chair

Continuing with the series of Hans Wegner’s chairs, let’s take a look at one of its most colorful models: The Peacock Chair.

With a bumpy history, just like the Shell Chair, the Peacock Chair is one masterpiece ahead of its time at the moment of its creation. Designed in 1947, the Peacock Chair was never released into scale production in Hans Wegner’s lifetime, with just some artisan items produced

Nevertheless, Hans Wegner in its unflappable work rhythm experimented through the years with different materials and techniques to make its Peacock a perfect chair. It made an appearance in the Cabinet Makers’s Guild Association of 1953, where Hans presented its chair with a special upholstered edition.

 The Peacock came finally to the light in 2014, when the house PP Mobler decide it to re release it, with great success.

What’s the Peacock Chair like?

The Peacock Chair is a direct heiress  of the classic British Windsor chair. With a arched wide back seat made of sculptured spindles, it has all the classic characteristic features of Hans Wegner’s  wood Chairs:  It sculptured body, elegant shapes and its craftmanship, delicated backseat. Differently of the Winsor, the creation of Hans Wegner had flat spindles. Finn Juhl, a great designer and friend of Wegner suggested that this  flat spindle backreast was very much alike a full extended peacock tale, and this way the name of the chair was given.

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