Battló Chair (1906)

Battló chair was designed in the early 20th century by the catalan architect and designer Antoni Gaudí, inspired by the curvilinear naturalism of Art Nouveau.

Chair in oak, designed 1906

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About Casa Battló

In 1906, Gaudí finished working on Casa Batlló, a characteristic building on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia, which has become one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. Gaudì changed the appearance of the building, revolutionizing the main façade, expanding the central courtyard and raising two floors that were not present in the original building. On the ground floor there were stables, later used as warehouses, and a common hall. The first floor of the building, the so-called noble floor, was used as the home of the Batlló family, while eight apartments for rent were created on the other four floors.


Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló

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About Gaudì’s furniture

BD Barcelona was the first company to start mass production of Gaudì’s furniture using traditional artistic and craft techniques and the same materials – lacquered solid oak – to reproduce all the rich details displayed in the originals when they were first made.

Interior of Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain
Interior of Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain

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Unlike what happened with most of the modernist furniture that eventually went out of style, furniture designed by Gaudí remains original as it was when it was first designed. Perhaps this is because his pieces look more like sculptures than just benches or chairs.

Casa Batlló
bench ,Casa Batlló.

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Battló chair

Battló chair designed by Antoni Gaudí is entirely made of solid varnished oak and it’s part of the series of furniture designed by Gaudí for Casa Batlló, including a chair and a bench. The furniture Gaudí originally designed for the main dining room is also preserved at the Gaudí Museum in the Park Güell.

 
Batlló Chair BD Barcelona Design
Batlló Chair BD Barcelona Design

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Battlò chair was one of the first signs of ergonomic furniture. The circular voids situated on each side of the back which could make us think of a light decoration, are functional cutouts that help to move the chair in case of need. The backrest follows the contour of the seat to balance the symmetry of the structure. It is made of a solid varnished oak chair. Thanks to its shapes, it adapts to the position of the body. The aestheticism of this chair, based on simplicity, escapes the straight lines.

 

Data sheet

Designer: Antoni Gaudí

Year: 1906

Size: 74 x 52 x 47 cm

Material: lacquered solid oak

Manufacturer: BD Furniture

Batlló Chair BD Barcelona Design
Batlló Chair BD Barcelona Design

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Info sources:

https://it.wikipedia.org

http://www.gaudibarcelonashop.com

https://classicdesign.it/batllo-chair-bd-barcelona.html

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