Battló Chair (1906)

Catalan architect and designer Antoni Gaudí, designed the Battló chair in the early 20th century, which he gained inspiration for from the curvilinear naturalism of Art Nouveau.

About Casa Battló

In 1906, Gaudí, the creator of the Battlò chair, finished working on Casa Batlló. This characteristic building, located on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia, became one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. Moreover, 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. Additionally, on the first floor there were stables, later used as warehouses, and a common hall. The first floor of the building, also called the noble floor, was used as the home of the Batlló family.

Chair in oak, designed 1906: Dark wood chair with a heart-shaped back and curvy arms.
Chair in oak designed 1906

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Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló

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About Gaudi’s Furniture

BD Barcelona was the first company to start the mass production of Gaudì’s furniture. In addition, this company used 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 is timeless. Perhaps this is because his pieces look more like sculptures than just benches or chairs.

Casa Batlló bench with three sitting spots, curvy arms and legs and a back with flower-design.
Bench in Casa Batlló style

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The Battló Chair

The Battló chair, designed by Antoni Gaudí, is made of solid varnished oak and is part of the series of furniture designed by Gaudí for Casa Batlló. Also, the furniture Gaudí originally designed for the main dining room is preserved at the Gaudí Museum in the Park Güell.

Batlló Chair Barcelona Design in a medium wood with straight legs and no arms.
Batlló Chair Barcelona Design

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The 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 the shape, it adapts to the position of the body. Moreover, 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

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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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