Lina Bo Bardi’s Invitingly Concave Bowl Chair Still Seduces Over Half a Century After Its Launching

A picture of Lina Bo Bardi.

Picture: Bob Wolfenson

” Free-tilting cuddle bowl.” That was the wonderful description provided to an extreme brand-new chair by Lina Bo Bardi in the November 1953 concern of Interiors publication. The Italian Brazilian modernist designer was visualized on its cover, reading in the hemispherical seat, legs crossed, feet hanging delicately over the edge.

And certainly, the plastic shell lounge with foam rubber cushioning, nestled in (however not connected to) a four-legged steel frame, might quickly adjust to a variety of positions. That’s what Bo Bardi called “definitely brand-new” about her style, conceived in ’51–“[it] can attain motion from all sides, without any mechanical methods whatsoever.” Appropriate for reading, napping, or table talk, the chair might be quickly changed with minor down pressure from a hand or leg. The publication short article even recommended that, gotten rid of from its frame, the bowl part might serve for sunbathing.

The Bowl chair by Arper.

Picture: Thanks To Arper

This chair was among the very first furnishings pieces Bo Bardi made after 4 years of cooperation with designer Giancarlo Palanti. In Bo Bardi’s recently independent practice, Teacher Renato Anelli, manager of the Instituto Bardi, describes, she was checking out the principle of “being in the air– the body suspended by leather or fiber materials, structured by thin metal tubes and bars.” The creative perch that appeared to hover above the flooring simulated precisely that feeling.

Bo Bardi’s 2 initial Bowls entered into her renowned Casa de Vidro in São Paulo (it is now the place of the Instituto Bardi) and more were developed for popular houses around Brasília in the 1960s. However because the seat was not commercially produced, just a little number were made prior to 2013, when the Italian business Arper obtained the license to make its own adjustment.

” It’s not a surprise it comes from the collection at MoMA,” states the Brazilian designer Arthur Casas, who put an early Bowl from his customer’s collection in their São Paulo house. “It’s an easy style that was profane for its time.”

Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro in São Paulo.

Picture: Leonardo Finotti. Art: Miguel Dos Santos

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