Why Is Your Modern Sofa Appropriate For an Eclectic Décor?

Have you heard of eclectic trends in interior design and décor? If there’s one certain thing about the world of décor it’s that recipes were made to break, and ideas about what’s valid and what is not are always be prone to be replaced by new, bold trends capable of generating new proposals and styles. In that sense, a modern sofa could be a perfect match for your environment.

The beauty of a space is not always based on symmetry and order. Frequently, originality generates more points in favor of a layout’s final result. The strict order or the guidelines to follow to adapt to a style aren’t always the most convenient since, in fact, the possibilities of innovating tend to infinity. There’s no need to be afraid of experimentation with a new midcentury sofa when it comes to layout renovations.

Some styles are more popular than others and even more flexible, with greater adaptability to different environments. The mission of finding original conceptual ideas will never lose validity or importance. Eclectic trends always seek to combine elements of different styles accurately to generate highly contrasting original layouts.

The best sofas deserve to be surrounded by the most outstanding environments. Counter traditional geometric shapes and common lines (rectangles, squares, typical horizontal and vertical straight lines) with other more daring ideas, such as mirrors with irregular shapes, sharp angles and asymmetrical objects, furniture with a biomorphic tendency, combining natural elements like exotic plants, wood, stones, and minerals with other more recognizable ones like metals and fine textiles it’s a good way to generate a fascinating and innovative visual impact.

Eero Saarinen Furniture: The Grasshopper Chair

Among the best-considered names in Mid Century Modern, Eero Saarinen will have always a privileged place. A perfectionist, hard worker, and creative genius that made giant contributions both in architecture and interior design. Today let’s take a look at one of the earliest works of the creator of the Womb Chair.

The Grasshopper Chair was designed by Saarinen in 1946. It was commissioned by Florence Knoll, her longtime friend and colleague. That would be the first of many successful collaborations.

The Grasshopper Chair is a lounge chair, designed in the most simplified and efficient way. With a fabric upholstered seat and a laminated birch frame, it got its name due to the frame resemblance with the little insect. Graceful and agile, the Grasshopper Chair offers a very simplified look for a comfortable relaxing time. As usual with lounge chairs, an optional Ottoman is available.

For inspo, info and great offers in furniture, don’t miss the opportunity in Barcelona Design, the alternative for Mid Century Modern style furniture, with masterpieces like the Barcelona Sofa  or the Womb Chair. 

Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Art Works

One of the greatest ways of creating extraordinary spaces is through art works. Art, in any manifestation may bring us not only a pleasant visual experience, but an enlighten of our mind and soul. That is good enough to keep some form of art in our place, but we can’t forget that art is a form of investment, too. Art pieces tend to be valuable and there are several markets where you can invest and trade fine pieces in very lucrative terms.

So, if you are thinking in some art investing, is really important to observe some practices to guarantee the best experience and preservation of your pieces. You should to provide the room with the proper structure to host, maintain and keep your art in good conditions, it doesn’t matter the type of art you own (paints, sculpture, antiques).

You should always think of controlling the humidity of the room as first priority. Of course, cleaning and decluttering is a daily must.

 Finally, an overall design centered in showing your art as the focal point of the room is essential.

Artistic value is achieved by artistic merits, and that is the challenge of the artist. But if you want a room with artistic value, it must have great art pieces inside, and your part consists in take good care of it.

For inspo, info and great offers in furniture, don’t miss the opportunity in Barcelona Design, the alternative for Mid Century Modern style furniture, with masterpieces like the Barcelona Sofa  or the Hans Wegner Shell Chair.

Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Home Improvements in 2021

The pandemic in 2020 really affected the way we live in our very daily routines. Quarantines, lockdowns, and transit restrictions made our stay in our home and reconfigure our way of life. This reality brought some natural consequences for our homes and décor. There are three trends this 2021 that have to do with the pandemic reality we’re living in now.

WFH: Your new office

First, the Home Office space is consolidated in hour houses as a central element. This doesn’t mean actually big renovations, but some adjustments in the open concept so popular nowadays. In a place with children and pets, some privacy and noise-canceling are required to work properly, and a plane-open living room/dining room space doesn’t give you the minimal structure. Cabins? space separators?

Everything is connected, more than ever

Two, the rise of 5G technology open the door for what they call in recent years: “the internet of things” IoT. It means basically a hyperconnected home where you can, through your smartphone and computer, control a great number of options: Open/Close doors; turning on/off lights, kitchen appliances, blinds, among others.

Kitchen islands Vs. Dining Rooms

Third is the fading of the dining room. The dining room is losing relevancy against other spaces. First, it has to do with the macro trend of the open concept house. With an open house, there is less incentive to use a specific space, when you can gather around the very kitchen. Second, the rise of the kitchen island has a lot to do, too. Third, the formality of living rooms goes against the trend of multi-use spaces, driven by the rise of the Home Office.

For inspo, info and great offers in furniture, don’t miss the opportunity in Barcelona Design, the alternative for Mid Century Modern style furniture, with masterpieces like the Barcelona Sofa  or the Hans Wegner Shell Chair.

3 Iconic Arne Jacobsen Furniture Creations & Facts About Hime | The Egg Chair & More (II/II)

In the previous blog we talked about some interesting facts about the life of Arne Jacobsen and we mentioned one of the most iconic pieces called the Egg chair.

This chair has captivated audiences since its inception with its extravagant backrest, stainless steel swivel base, and curved arm support. In addition, this piece can currently be found in leather or fabric, so it is able to satisfy any need and taste.

The Drop Chair

The drop chair is another of the famous and attractive pieces designed by this architect. This chair was also introduced – like the Egg chair – at the opening of the SAS Royal Hotel in 1958. Although it was only produced in a limited quantity, after the audience became aware of it, this cipher had to be increased five years later due to your demand.

Its hugging, shovel-shaped shape is made of plastic in many shades or upholstered in leather or fabric, while its four legs are chrome-plated.

Ant Chair

Originally, the architect designed the three-legged Ant Chair for the cafeteria of Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company, to offer the customer something affordable, lightweight and stackable. Its shape, reminiscent of an ant, is made up of bent plywood and steel tube legs.

3 Iconic Arne Jacobsen Furniture Creations & Facts About Hime | The Egg Chair & More (I/II)

If you are a faithful follower of the mid-century or Scandinavian style, you have definitely seen a piece by Arne Jacobsen!

Arne Jacobsen was a Danish architect and furniture designer who was and is currently recognized for his significant contributions to architectural functionalism and for the worldwide success he achieved through his captivating and extravagant designs like the Egg chair.

Before introducing you to Arne’s list of furniture creations, we would like to mention an interesting fact! In case you want to skip it, scroll down to the next section.

Before Arne Jacobsen became a professional architect, he wanted to become a painter, but thanks to the pressure and influence of his parents, he entered the world of architecture. Following this decision, he was admitted to the School of Architecture of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where from 1924 to 1927 he studied with Kay Fisker and Kaj Gottlob, both prominent architects and designers who collaborated throughout his career. 

Now that we have shared an interesting fact about his career, is time to begin with the furniture list.

The Egg Chair

The Egg chair is one of Arne Jacobsen’s personal brands. This chair was designed for the inauguration of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen

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The Jason Statham Saga: A Shell Chair and a Cool Actor

Jason Statham, the British actor of very successful blockbuster films, like the Fast and Furious and The Transporter sagas, and another smashing hits like The Expendables may show in the screen the image of a very though, rude cold guy, but it happens to be otherwise in reality.

With the passing of years, and with a careful planning of its financial resources, Jason Statham has managed to buy, restore and sell some real state opportunities that came along in the way. Recently , he just sold the house he used to live with his wife, Rosie Huntington, after a conscious Mid Century Modern driven restoration. The final price was 19.95 m USD. Considering he acquired it in 10.6 m USD ten years ago, we all may agree that that business was pretty successful and the restoration process was a success.

But the Jason Statham chronicles in the world of furniture and design are quite interesting, and in this time we will only refer that the star of the new netflix series Shadow and Bone is obsessed with Mid Century Modern and Scandinavian Design and personally he supervises or even execute the furniture set ups in its properties.

Recently, in his IG account he took a shoot seated in one of his favorite chairs. And guess which it is? a Hans Wegner Shell Chair. That confirm us that Jason is a very well versed guy in the design team, just like anyone who get to know the work of its creator, Hans Wegner.

For inspo, info and great offers in furniture, don’t miss the opportunity in Barcelona Design, the alternative for Mid Century Modern style furniture, with masterpieces like the Barcelona Sofa  or the Hans Wegner Shell Chair.

Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Adrian Pearsall

 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with its Barcelona Chair, Hans Wegner with its Shell Chair, Eero Saarinen with its Tulip Chair…There are all great influences in the world of furniture and Mid Century Modern Design. But let’s find out about other voices less known in the world of modern furniture.

Adrian Pearsall, an American furniture designer, was born in Trumansburg, New York, in 1925. He was one of the earliest influences in American Modernism and introduced some interesting models, like the low sofa gondolas and some unique side tables and dining tables.

Pearsall served in the Navy from 1942 to 1950. After that, he went to the Illinois University, where he graduated in Architectural Engineering. Two years after that, he founded Craft Associates and started his career in the field of furniture. He passed away in 2011, but his legacy is still alive and its models are still popular.

For inspo, info and great offers in furniture, don’t miss the opportunity in Barcelona Design, the alternative for Mid Century Modern style furniture, with masterpieces like the Barcelona Sofa  or the Hans Wegner Shell Chair. 

LC2 Chair Features & Facts You Probably Don’t Know About

If you are a faithful lover of modernism, you probably know who Le Corbusier is and know the collection that he brings out of furniture called cushions baskets. If not, don’t worry! Today we will tell you a little about the features and interesting facts behind the creative process of this piece. 

The LC2 chair is one of the most iconic furniture creations of this renowned architect and today we are going to share with you some information that you probably do not know. Scroll down and get to know them!

The LC2 chair was not created only by Le Corbusier

As you read it! Believe it or not, the icon of modernism was not merely a creation of Le Corbusier, in fact, there were 3 architects behind this design, which were; Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret and the star of this article; Le Corbusier.

The LC2 chair was inspired by an English armchair

The design was influenced by the structure of the English armchair, with the purpose of optimizing its design resulting in a more functional structure that is maintained in accordance with minimalist principles; simplicity and functionality.

The LC2 chair was created in the 1920s but is still reproduced

The Le Corbusier chair is a timeless piece that is still on sale by different manufacturers. If you are looking for an original piece you can find it under the Cassina brand, on the other hand, if you have a shorter budget and want an affordable way to obtain it you can find a great replica at Manhattan Home Design.

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Hans Wegner’s Chairs: The Swivel Chair

As we all know now, Working From Home, WFH,  is the new reality for many people around the world. The lockdowns and restrictions of transit come and go, and even though we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, is very probably that lots of people stays in their homes, even in a definitive way.

In interior design, the home office is the answer to the request of WFH. For most of the people, a home office means a little spot on your place, with a desk, a chair, and maybe a storage facility. And the chair is a central element of your home workstation.

Hans Wegner, the creator behind classics like the Shell Chair, or the Ox Chair, made its bet on the subject of work chairs quite early in the mids of 1950s. The Swivel Chair was designed in 1955, as an answer to a plea of Eigill Snorrason, a Danish doctor that criticized the lack of ergonomics in the furniture design, while he attended a Danish Trade Show.

With a 4 wheel chromed tubular frame, a vegetal leather rounded seat and combined with a rounded wood low backrest, the Swivel Chair exhibits a very peculiar mix of materials, not very common in the work of  the Danish master. The signature mark is nevertheless in the backrest, with the characteristic sculptured shapes of Wegner’s work.

Jason Statham, the famous British actor, was recently portrayed by Architectural Digest, in its cozy and sober house of Malibu. He is obsessed with Danish furniture, and its home office has a Swivel Chair as one of the finest items. Actually, he seated there in the article’s main picture. One more fine example of how trendy is the creator of the Shell Chair, Hans Wegner.

For inspo, info and great offers in furniture, don’t miss the opportunity in Barcelona Design, the alternative for Mid Century Modern style furniture, with masterpieces like the Barcelona Sofa  or the Hans Wegner Shell Chair.