Browse Month: October 2020

Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: The fascination for Oriental rugs (I/II).

Since the rising of Modern Interior Design, at the beginning of the XXth Century, we’ve seen how as, an unexpected match, Mid Century Modern Style and rustic oriental rugs have come along a very successful journey together.

Mid Century Modern with its clean-cut lines, minimalism, and experimental approach uses the ancient magnetism of rustic oriental rugs, with its strong materials, skillful craftsmanship, and a decided functional design, to create unique combinations, where the Barcelona Sofa presides. 

Let’s take a closer look at the fascinating world of rugs.

Used since immemorial times by royalty and commoners (already in the 5th BC Century mentioned the beautiful rugs made by the people of the Caucasus), rugs provide us of isolation of the bare floor, as their primal function. Besides, they soften our footsteps in spaces overcrowded with people. These are enough good reasons to keep always a fine rug close below our feet, but additionally, the visual impact of fine rugs with their patterns, figures and shapes, and the texture and sensation under our feet,  is enormous in the end.

There are many different traditions in the art of rugs, in different parts of the world. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Moroccan Rugs

The type of rug more associated with Mid Century Modern style, Moroccan rugs were taken to the American and European attention by Le Corbusier and Alvar Alto, in their personal homes. They meet the ancient art of rugs by the people of Beni Ouarian, in Moroccan at the time it became a French overseas protectorate. Their main characteristic is its charming rusticity, made of undyed hand-knotted wool, generally with very simple geometric patterns (lines, squares, of brown and black color), mainly in a cream base. There is no doubt that the clean-cut lines of a black leather Barcelona Sofa are well balanced with this combination. 

Afghan Rugs

With very complex designs, they use to present  Herodo ancient tribal designs, with lots of details and colors, like the Bukhara, the octogon shaped foot of the elephant. Colorful, red is very abundant in this beautiful type of rug. 

Armenian Rugs

According to the historian Herodotus, expert Armenian rugs create beautiful rugs already in 5th Century BC. It’s believed that the Pazyryk carpet, excavated from a frthozen tomb in Siberia, is the first rug ever discovered. Very colorful, their primal motifs were animals: Dragons, eagles and serpents. 

Persian Rugs

By far the largest world producer of rugs, the Persian rugs have an ancient history of beauty, tradition, and complex designs. Due to the Islam rules, their motifs are mainly arabesques, vineyards, clouds, and geometric figures. They are mainly of wool, though there are some beautiful silk examples. 

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Barcelona Bed: Black or White?

With an elegant,  relaxed frame as a remembrance of the mystic days of the Egyptian empire, and with that characteristic bolstered cushion, the view of a Barcelona Daybed is always magnetic and timeless. Presiding easily any classic living room, not only formal spaces are suitable to show its virtues. A family room or even a large bedroom are excellent alternatives to use a piece of furniture comfortable, beautiful, and elegant. 

But black or white? We know already the two regular presentations of the Barcelona Daybed. Ebony or Ivory? let’s take a look.

What’s the overall mood of the room? A room too dark is maybe well served with a luminous white Barcelona Bed to enlighten the whole space. The other way works too, with an incandescent white room in need of a solid color piece that brings balance.

Black leather

Classic and smooth. For a great living room, where a relaxed, but formal chat is required, the smooth, soft feeling of a black leather Barcelona Daybed is without a doubt charming. With dim lights, there is a good chance of an unforgettable experience.

White leather

Elegant and charming. For a sophisticated, shiny place where all the action takes place, nothing better than a Barcelona Daybed, as the focal point of the room. Enjoy a great space full of light and beauty.

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The Eames Lounge Chair: A Design of Great Prowess

Charles and Ray Eames were known for their feats and unmatched talent for design and architecture. However, their tireless search for a balance between cost and benefit was another reason that made them world-famous. It’s believed that they invested many years between the 1940s and the 1950s, trying to create the perfect low-cost furniture, high-quality, affordable pieces that people could buy to furnish their homes during the post-war era. It can be said that these two decades were the most popular for these two designers. It was in this context that the Eames Lounge Chair was born, introduced to the market for the first time in 1946, but it was a chair from another kind.

Many of the Eameses’ chairs reflected the austere mood of the time but the Eames Lounge Chair, in particular, was a model aimed at a high-demand audience, taking into account that the chair wanted to stand out for its high quality and design innovative in every way. One of the items that increased the price the most was undoubtedly its luxurious leather upholstery. American consumers had slowly regained their appetite for luxury. The Eames Lounge Chair moved away from low-cost chairs to present a model that, to this day, remains highly coveted. That huge popularity gave way to very faithful imitations like the Manhattan Home Design’s, a replica that’s virtually identical to the original.

The Eames Lounge Chair reproduction is one of the most iconic modern designs ever created, and its influence was so great and remarkable that it’s not known for sure whether it was a product intended to cover an existing demand or it was a design that, due to its immense success, it generated an entirely new market share within the world of furniture.

Design elements with the Barcelona Chair: Patterns

A pattern is a single visual element that repeats in different elements of your decor, to create the desired effect. Patterns are profusely used in decor, in many ways, and they are a common tool for designers.

Where do you use patterns?

Wallpaper, rugs, cushions, floor, tiles…There are many elements where patterns are successfully applied. It’s a matter of taste, of course, and balance. Patterns can’t be repeated in excess, because that can be easily overwhelming.

There are a lot of patterns to use in our homes. Is just a matter of judgment and balance. Lets name a few:

Geometric/ Abstract: Squares, Circles, Triangles and so on.

Argyle: The classic diagonal checks seen on sweaters

Chequer: The classic squared black and white pattern of the immortal table game.

Animal Print: Tiger stripes, leopard stains. Use it carefully, because they are a bold option.

Chevron: A classic “V” pattern that fits perfect in walls and floors

Damask: Beautiful herald shape, is great in soft tones for refined or feminine spaces

Fleur de lis: A very classic pattern, today more associated with vintage style. It remember us of classic card games.

Floral: The shape or pattern of flowers. Use it carefully, it can be excessive or boring very quickly.

Gingham: Another classic pattern of little squares used exhaustively in blankets and napkins.

Herringbone: Little inclined squares, used in walls and floors. Its nowadays very popular.

Morrocan: An oriental motif, with a vintage or modern view, depending on the finish or presentation of the panel.

Paisley: Known as bacteria too, this pattern was hugely used and abused in the 1980s. Used with moderation.

Polka Dot: A fun, dynamic sequence of black points very popular

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Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Rugs

An unconditional element of modern design, rugs are used profusely in almost every home in the world. As for decor element, o as an insulating element, they are countless models and ancient traditional ways in many countries of the world, with their own identity, patterns, and styles that reflect their own cultural particularities.
Nowadays the terms rug and carpet have slightly different applications, with carpet meaning an entire floor, or large living room extensions; and rug a medium, small size carpet, mainly used in apartments and small houses. 
Nevertheless, a carpet or a rug is basically a layer of pile attached to a backing, with some decorative and aesthetics patterns or motifs. 
Throughout history, wool has been the preferred material for carpets, but now industrial fabrics and materials like Nylon, Acrylic, Polypropylene, and Polyester, among others, are used widely. Nevertheless, when it comes to high profile decor, natural, and even tribal rugs, with ancient craftsmanship techniques and patterns, are the most demanded, due to the contrast between the rusticity of materials vs. the exquisite set of patterns or figures. 

Mid Century Modern Style and Moroccan Rugs

Was because of the personal preferences of Le Corbusier, that oriental, and more specifically, Beni Ouarian’s, Moroccan rugs (made by the Ber Bers), made a definitive entry in the world of modern design. 

Due to the colonial adventures of France in the early years of the 20th Century, high profile architects Le Corbusier and Alvar Alto had the opportunity to make a trip through Marocco and got amazed about the rustic beauty of the Beni Ouarian’s people rugs. Made without any decorative purpose, but with the main intention of tent flooring, the harsh, savage woven method of the Beni Ouarian’s people set an effective contrast with the neat, minimalist, and clean order of Modernism, and later with Mid Century Modern. Later, other remarkable figures like Charles Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright adopt the Beni Ouarian’s rugs for their own homes, and then the trend went crazy. Everybody wanted to have one Benio Ouarian’s rug and the comfort of their New York home. 

Today, Moroccan rugs are selling that much, that is very probable that your next Moroccan rug won’t be a real, original one, but a replica. 
But Moroccan rugs aren’t the unique type of rug for decoring enthusiasts. Oriental rugs in general fascinated decore enthusiasts through the whole world for centuries, but many cultures have their own tradition that is worthy to know and study. Afghanistan, India, Iran (Persian), England, Ireland, France are some of the countries with ancient solid traditions.  Woven seems to be the preferred manufacture type, there are several other techniques, like knotted, and tufted.
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The Barcelona Ottoman and its versatility

If you are a decor enthusiast, you will find how a Barcelona Ottoman is the perfect ally for your decor. It will bring you style, quality and functionality. Let’s talk about the 3 versatilities of the Barcelona Ottoman.

  1. Versatile in functionality. An Ottoman works for you to relax. At the end of a hard workday, get a moment for you in your favorite chair, and chill your thoughts while your Ottoman supports your feet. Don’t you deserve it?. But this is not all of it. A Barcelona Ottoman is a perfect sidekick for a living room. As a little surface storage spot ( for a couple of magazines), or just as a decorative object, to fill an empty spot.
  2. Versatile in space. Ottomans are very popular at the side of your bed as a support point for your feet. Living room, Bedroom, and even outdoor are all spaces where the Barcelona Ottoman has the potential to complement your space. 
  3. Versatile in decor. Do you have a room too dark? with a lot of wood panels, leather furniture, and a heavy environment?  Take a white Barcelona Ottoman and place it in the middle of the room. It will bring you a lighter vibe with elegance and style. But you can do it otherwise. If your room is excessively clear, or it has a lot of white tones due to curtains, white walls, or clear furniture, you can use your Barcelona Ottoman to make an accent statement. With colors as white, black or yellow a dark Barcelona Ottoman against white surrounding, is a good tool to get your room balanced. 

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Get Inspired To Decorate Your LC2 Sofa With These Pinterest Pins

Pinterest is a platform where you can see images related to any topic you like, including fashion, hairstyles, music, and most importantly; interior design. When it comes to interior design you can find more images than you can imagine, from color palettes to furniture to choose from.

Whenever you acquire a new furniture piece it is normal to sometimes feel overwhelmed because you don’t know which steps to follow or how to arrange all components, that’s why it is so helpful to get inspiration from other designs. Today I have placed 3 designs from the Pinterest platform you can recreate at your place with your LC2 Sofa and other elements.

Scroll down and tell us your favorite!

Photo taken from Florida Designs

The Le Corbusier furniture piece brings to this entertained room a sophisticated air together with a modern and unique vibe. The steel materials from the LC2 sofa and the Barcelona chair are ones responsible for the elegant look. This design is very easy to obtain, just remember to choose a neutral palette for walls.

Photo taken from

The glass is the best partner for modern design. Mix steel and glass materials and create the luxurious design you want!

Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: String Lights

They are everywhere. Almost literally. String Lights are used massively, both in Indoors and Outdoors. Even indoors are used in several rooms at the same time, since they are hanged on our backyards, in our living rooms and our bedrooms. 

Are we maybe using them too much? maybe. But now we are living the furor. Nevertheless, the phenomena of the string lights are old data. Since 1882 we find records of their use, when Edward Johnson, partner of Thomas Edison,  rounded a Christmas tree with a string of red, white, and blue bulbs, electrified by a generator. It was the birth of the modern Christmas tree. In the 1910s this tradition became popular in all populations, and since then several uses were given to the string lights, till nowadays. 

Today, string lights are used to create a holiday – like an environment around several spots of the house.  Outdoors is a natural emplacement, above your patio furniture, enjoying a drink or dancing in the middle of the night.  In your bedroom, sting lights help to create a magical, colorful moment without that amount of artificial light.

String lights are a perfect complement for a Mid Century Modern decor, due to its contrast with the dark, wooden smoked references of MCM and the live, direct, funny reactions by color lights. 
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Barcelona Chair, and the Barcelona Sofa.

The Flag Halyard Chair Is The Perfect Accent Chair For Your Bedroom

Are you one of those who has a favorite accent chair in your living room but would like to be able to use it in your bedroom as well? That’s a very common situation, and you probably need to know the Flag Halyard Chair since it’s a very versatile design that adapts to different types of environments, both indoors and outdoors. This well-known design by the famous Danish Hans Wegner is not simply a decorative chair, but a piece designed for rest and comfort, with an unrivaled elegant touch provided by its finishes and materials. It’s a design that combines very well with different color schemes, patterns, textures, and decorating styles.

One of the most wonderful aspects of a chair like this is its functionality since you can use it to read or even sunbathe on the balcony. All this, without leaving aside the inestimable aesthetic value it has. The Flag Halyard Chair replica by Manhattan Home Design is such a faithful design that it’s able to unite a design scheme and give it coherence or even become its focal point. A chair as lush as this can echo the modern style of its surroundings, adding unique textures, visual interest, and much more comfort.

If you want your Flag Halyard Chair reproduction to be a key element not only in your living room but also in your bedroom, you can explore all its features and discover everything it can do for you.

Tales from the Barcelona Chair: The Day that Ross bought a Sofa.

Is there anyone in the world that never watched an episode of Friends? If you are a Baby Boomer or a Gen X born, this is almost impossible, even if you weren’t a fan of this site com. Some of their episodes are classics of the 1990s TV and are wildly remembered. And some of the most remember episodes have to do with furniture, of course. What does a Sofa have to do with Ross Geller and the best practices of decor? Let’s see.

The Episode: Ross Buys a Sofa

Ross, the meticulous and demanding brother of Monica buys a sofa. But he finds that he has to pay for the shipping, and a high amount (nearly as much as the couch itself), so he refuses to pay for delivery. He asks Rachel to help him carry it all the way to his apartment, and the trouble begins. The two get stuck in the stairs (as there is no elevator) and it seems that it takes three to move that sofa. Chandler comes to rescue, but even the three of them can do nothing except smash the couch against the stairs, and the sofa is so hurt in the end that it ends up cut in half. 

Facing the damage, Ross decides to returns it to the store. And the only good thing he gets is $4 in store credit for exchange. And he accepts. 
What does this story tell us about furniture? Is it Ross too penny-piching? Yes, but we already know that.  Maybe some wise advice comes from the side of furniture.

Look for a real, good store. Why Does Ross buy a sofa without know the current cost of the shipping? and why paying as much as the cost of the sofa just for shipping? Today, a very good online store, like Manhattan Home Design, has free shipping for most of its items. That’s something you have to look for in a good store. And quality, trending articles, and affordable prices, too.

So, the best thing you can do, before buying a couch is:
Choose carefully your store. Look for a reliable dealer.

Measure! Measure your Sofa or search for the technical details on its web page. Please measure your space entries…Doors, elevators, and stairs. Don’t let everything on your friends!

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