Bardi’s Bowl Chair (limited edition)

by Arper SPA

The Bowl Chair designed by the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi in 1951 is a semi-spherical seat resting on a metallic ring structure, supported by four legs. The Bowl Chair’s simple form echoes Lina Bo Bardi's love for simple, functional, o

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General

Product
Bardi’s Bowl Chair (limited edition)
Manufacturer
Arper SPA

Product Type

Chairs
Armchair and Chairs

Product description

The Bowl Chair designed by the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi in 1951 is a semi-spherical seat resting on a metallic ring structure, supported by four legs. The Bowl Chair’s simple form echoes Lina Bo Bardi's love for simple, functional, organic forms and this value, which Arper shares, inspired all her projects.


Lina Bo Bardi conceived the Bowl Chair as an object with an essential and universal shape and structure that is both accessible and flexible and able to blend harmoniously into any environment. The seat can be swivelled in different positions and perform multiple functions.


This new approach, where the key element is the human interaction with the object, was revolutionary for the 1950s. Bo Bardi's Bowl Chair reinvented the way people sat - favouring natural and relaxed postures - and testified to a cultural change already underway when it was designed that saw a new way of acting and living: a move to a relaxed and receptive approach to life.


Arper has tackled the process of industrialisation of the production of Bo Bardi's Bowl Chair for the first time. To Arper, the Bowl Chair has the closest synergy with its design aesthetic and sits comfortably with Arper’s existing range of products. However, the Bo Bardi Bowl Chair will only be produced in a limited, numbered edition of just 500. In bringing the Bowl Chair to life, Arper adopted a balanced approach between remaining faithful to the original design concept and the only existing prototype at the Instituto Lina Bo Bardi and adding value by bestowed Arper’s own technical expertise. Each step of this process has been shared with the Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi, so that the limited edition Arper Lina Bo Bardi Bowl Chair complies with the original design aspiration of Lina Bo Bardi.


Arper’s new Bowl Chair collection has now been successfully completed. In addition to the original black leather version, the Bowl chair is available in seven fabric colour options. Each colour option comes with three different sets of cushions to choose from, these include a set of one-colour cushions to match the colour of the shell, two-colour cushions or a pair of patterned cushions inspired by Lina Bo Bardi's original sketches.


The latter are the result of a collaboration between Arper and New York-based stylist and designer Dani Moura.


To share information about Lina Bo Bardi and her works, Arper has also collaborated with Canadian designer Ginette Caron to create a tool called ‘Lina’s World’. Shaped as a small cart, the keepsake box includes various objects, drawings and images which aim to highlight key moments of Lina’s life, her work and values.


The Bowl Chair is part of the touring “Lina Bo Bardi: Together” exhibition and was on display at the Architekturzentrum in Wien, the SAM in Basel and the Pavillon de L’Arsenal in Paris in 2013 as well as the British Council Gallery in 2012. Future exhibition tour stops in 2014 include Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin and Milan. Dates and further details will be announced in due course: linabobarditogether.com/


The UK launch of Arper’s Bowl Chair will take place at the Arper showroom in London on Wednesday, 29th January 2014. During the launch, photographs by London-based artist Ioana Marinescu and a film of Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House by filmmaker, artist and architect Tapio Snellman will provide a glimpse into Lina Bo Bardi’s intimate world.


More information about the Bowl Chair and its history: bardisbowlchair.arper.com

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