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The Barcelona Table: Crystal Security

In interior design is important to consider safety. We are spending more and more time in our houses, and there we are always vulnerable. And especially when we hear the words “kids” or “pets” around. Safety became a transversal element of all the designs.

Crystal décor and safety

Nowadays, most crystal décor elements are elaborated with tempered glass. Tempered glass, differently than standard glass, has a very slow time for cooling in its process of manufacturing. This makes the tempered glass four times stronger than regular or standard glass, so it can be considered a safe material.

The Barcelona Table, part of the Barcelona Collection, has a top of tempered glass.  The glass top is a solid piece of tempered  3/4″ thick with a polished 1/8″ beveled edge that is easy to clean, wipe only. The glass is held in place on the frame by 4 clear rubber bumpers that support it. As Ludwig Mies van der Rohe visualized, the  Barcelona Table features a stylized cross form base made from hand-polished #304 stainless steel flat stock that is .6 inches (15mm) thick by 1.25 inches wide, taken from a single piece for additional durability. 

Always keep in mind that you have the last word in every element of your furniture is yours. But you can count on the fine quality of the Barcelona Collection, either in its crystal top  Barcelona Table,  or its other items.

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Leather Goes Beyond Brown

The palette of color for sofas tend to be more stable than fabrics. But that doesn’t mean that a sofa has to be only a brown Chesterton one. There are alternatives. Let’s take a look.

A basic palette for leather sofas

Single basic tones and several groups have everything you need for a elegant living, you just have to  explore a little bit.

White Series:

All clear, neutral colors are extremely popular, and some say that too much. White furniture asks for a more colorful approach to your walls.

Popular tones in white:

  • Cream 
  • Vanilla                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Brown series. 

The most popular choice in leather sofas. Brown goes well in almost any ambient, and allows leather to show its inner virtues.

Popular tones in brown:

  • Dark Brown
  • Warm Brown
  • Saddle Brown
  • Walnut
  • Chocolate


Just like white, and grey, its  of the most popular options right now.

Popular tones in Beige

  • Caramel
  • Sand


A bold choice, has to be taken with caution, but it can bring you great rewards. 

Popular tones in red:

  • Burgundy
  • Cherry


The most popular option right now. People love it because it allows you to play with different color options in your walls and other furniture.

Popular tones in gray:

  • Charcoal Gray
  • Slate Gray
  • Light Grey

Other color choices:

  • Green
  • Yellow
  •  Blue


Probably the most consolidate choice for stylish spaces sophisticated choice, goes will in contemporary livings.

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Barcelona Chair: Vintage, Retro, or Replica?

If you are an enthusiast of design there are many ways to acquire your Barcelona Chair. It can be new or used, but there are some subtle nuances in the way we refer to. Let’s take a look at some terms very used right now.

What’s Antique, Vintage and retro?


One Antique refers to a piece of furniture with 100 years old or more time.  Usually an Antique is considered worthy, if it still functions reasonably well, and it keeps its appearance to certain extent. One antique can be really expensive, and this are pieces generally for specialized collectors


One Vintage piece refers to furniture pieces with less than 100 years old, but not that recent. But is not only about time, is about what does it mean to the particular time. A piece that we call vintage must represent clearly the esprit du temps. A regular chair may have with more than 50 years old, but is not that vintage, that a Barcelona Chair with 40 years old, because the Barcelona Chair embeds the best times of Mid Century Modern furniture, with its best features and aesthetic references. 


A piece like a Hans Wegner Chair, of the year 2005, for example. Can we call it vintage? Not really. It has 16 years old, but that is not enough to call it vintage  or even less an antique. It is just an used item. Some people, trying to create a fashionable label, talk about retro. Its an used item, maybe out of fashion, but still useful and somehow attractive due to nostalgia. 

Vintage and Replicas, what does they have to do?

In furniture, a replica is an exact rendering of a design piece, by a manufacturer different than the original. This reproduction has to meet the original standards of the first design, not only in its aesthetics but in its functionality. 

So, it’s important how careful is the manufacturer with the selection of materials and its process of assembling and quality ends. A Barcelona Chair Replica, or a Hans Wegner Shell Chair to be considered like that, must look like the original, but not only look, but it has to feel the same and has a quality standard to last for years, just like the original piece. A replica is not a vintage piece. It is a brand new item of a classic.

But if a replica is almost an exact copy of the original piece, what’s the difference between a replica and brand item? what’s the buzz about?

Price, of course. Replicas manufacturers don’t pay for original license or brand copyrights for the exclusive use of the brand, logo and other marketing tools. That allow them to present a pretty decent product for a broader public (without infringe any owner’s right).

A Replica is a brand new piece that respects tradition and brings you the quality of a classic piece, just like it was conceived.

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Divan, Seetie, Daybed, Chaise, Recamier…What’s all this?

The market of furniture has being growing and specializing more and more, and what we just though it was a sofa or a sofa bed, today is called in a completely different way. There is a piece for every need. But sometimes it means you  ha to manage a considerable glossary, as a surgeon or an economist. Let’s take a look at some terms referred to very similar items of furniture.


Against that classic image in the psychiatric consulting, a divan is really a tufted mattress – like seat, that is used directly on the floor, or with a low wooden frame. You can fill it with pillows to seat comfortably in the day,  or clear the space at night to sleep. Originated in Persia, is a total relax place.


Elicited from the original concept divan, a daybed is designed not to be placed against the wall. There are sofa-like daybeds, with two arms and a back support, and armless daybeds, like the classical Barcelona Daybed. In both cases, their shapes and views make them more suitable for open positions in the living room, and they have generally the dimensions of a twin mattress.


You can define seetie as a two seats sleek sofa. Some one would say: “Wait, isn’t that a Loveseat, anyway?”, and in a certain way…It is. Let’s think of the seetie like a special type of Loveseat, due to its sleek shape and particularly upright back, that makes it suitable for entry rooms, bedrooms or narrow hallways.


Do you know what a Chaise Longue means in French? “Long seat”. And this is what a chaise  is…Sort of. A chaise is like a combination of a lounge seat + an Ottoman. Is a continuum piece, meant to recline  and relaxing your feet, too. They usually have one arm. There is a Victorian variation, called fainting couch , originated by the need of the Victorian ladies of a relaxing seat at the moment of the frequent vanishes dur to their excessively tight corsets. Even though, the Victorian version turns out to be very elegant, and it survived to the present.


Another French inspirited piece, the recamier is like a backless sofa, but with two particular rolled arms on each side that turn them its trademark. You can call it just backless sofa, too, but that means more contemporary models of the piece.

Do you have to be an economist to handle that amount of terms? No. Well, maybe a little bit, but explore them and get to know what works for you, you will enjoy it.

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Get into the Green Fever with your Barcelona Table

A beautiful coffee table can tie the whole living room together. Not only due to a beautiful design, but by its very function.  This is the spot where your family and friends talk and eat together. This is where you put your drink on or place some fashion magazines. (If you are not a overcharger). In a lobby or private office, it will be the place to put the coffee and maybe some documents.

With its elegant, sober design, The Barcelona table is such an iconic piece that deserves some dedication to its decoration. As it is a very neutral coffee table we can take advantage of it.

Green all over

One of the consolidating trends in décor of the last years is using green plants all around. Living rooms, bedrooms, lounge rooms, lobbies…None place is invulnerable, and  Barcelona Table may have some good bonds with certain sober plant arrangements, Let’s see a couple of them.

Aloe Vera

A tropical cactus variety, Aloe Vera is one of that stars of the green world: Beautiful shape; small, but not that small; and full of healthy properties that will make you feel really fortunate to have it there, at the reach of your hand.


This kind of plant grows annual too so you don’t have to worry about it if you fall in love of it. Flowering in shades of purple, pink, white, and blue, asters offers a very rich color palette. Bees love it, so it has to be a great thing for sure.


With a flamboyant foliage of reds, oranges and purples, this is a houseplant in cold-weather regions which can also grow without any problem as annual.

Get into the green fever and get the most of your Barcelona Table.

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Barcelona Daybed by Barcelona Designs is your Smart Choice

As you may notice, quality is a scarce value, and it doesn’t matter what product is about, it may vary greatly from one brand to another. That’s why trustable brands matters when you choose something you really care about. In Barcelona Designs we can offer you the bestBarcelona Daybed Replica of the market.

If you choose yourBarcelona Daybed in  Barcelona Designs you will be able to enjoy the following features:

  • The Barcelona Daybed replica sits upon on a polished tubular stainless steel base and a strong ash wood platform finished with a protective clear lacquer.The best quality for the best daybed!
  • It is taken from a single cowhide, 72 individual panels are then cut, welted, and tufted with leather and buttons, all by hand.
  • For additional comfort, its cushions are filled with high-end, fire retardant, urethane foam. For cushion support, 17 straps are stretched over a rubber webbing.

These are just one of the main features you will enjoy with this beautiful design, in addition to the Barcelona Daybed replica, its unique matching leather cushion attaches to the cushioning platform with straps and snaps fasteners for additional support.

Lay down and enjoy the perfect confection of a timeless piece of design.

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Your Barcelona Chair, Online

2021 is running, and while things start to look finally promising again, still restrictions, lockdowns, and safety in general are concerns that need to be addressed. But when it comes to your Barcelona Chair, put your worries aside, because in Barcelona Design we have the best rendition for you, with a safe, efficient and above all, fair priced platform. 

Buying online may make feel always a little anxious, but it is easier than you think. In Barcelona Designs has so many benefits, that you should know them before deciding whether to buy your Barcelona Chair or your preferred item either through websites.

The safer option

Purchasing your Barcelona Chair online will help you keep your social distance, in a safer way for you and your relatives, while you can get all the information you need from our web.  Save a lot of time, and money through our website.

New Generations

New generations are getting in control with the markets. Generations X, Z and Millennials are much more used to technology as a way of living, so they find more natural to buy online almost everything, even items that require a sense of test or feeling, just like the case of furniture. So, feel invited to make your purchase on line in Barcelona Designs, we will be waiting  and gladly will come along the way with you.

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3 Pros of the Barcelona Daybed

Buying your Barcelona Daybed will take your room to the next level of sophistication and elegance. And we dare to say that a furniture piece like the Barcelona Daybed will have a positive impact on how your daily life goes about and how you feel when you’re at home.

But there are some “down to earth” reasons that will make you confirm that you’ve taken the right choice.


This Daybed was designed in a time when comfort wasn’t always taken into account. But a simpler way to go about this is to ask if there is any other thing that could feel better than lying down on this leather sofa? The answer is probably not. You can choose to sit as if it were a sofa, or better yet lie down and truly live a relaxing moment.

But don’t forget that comfort is also tied to appearance. Taking this into account, it’s important to note that this Daybed carries an air of simplicity and elegance that is instantly recognizable after being featured in museums and collections around the world.


The main benefit behind the Daybed is that it’s sure to last longer than any other sofa you’re used to due to the high-quality materials its made of. Cheap and trendy, it might sound tempting but you know it’s not truly worth it. You are looking for furniture pieces that will stick around for a lifetime and maybe some more, look no further than this wonderful Daybed.

This Daybed is easy to maintain since the top-grain premium Italian leather used in it’s production doesn’t crack or fade like some imitation leathers are likely to do. It’s simply based on taking good care of the leather upholstery and regularly cleaning the Daybed’s frame to keep it looking sleek.


You’re enjoying a nice glass, or bottle of red wine and out of the blue, it turns out that your sofa decided to join the party. Now, your sofa is quite blurred and smelly. The Barcelona Daybed is considerably harder to ruin than most furniture pieces in the market since it’s made of a less porous leather than open-weave fabrics. Just gently clean it with a dry washcloth to treat it.

Remember to always take good preventive care of your Daybed, because when your leather is buffed, spills are considerably less likely to get absorbed into the leather’s pores. This flexibility and easy treatment make the Daybed a truly versatile piece, unlike a sofa bed might ever be.

Hopefully, all your hesitation towards buying your own Daybed is long gone by now. But if not, is there anything else that is getting in your way of making the big decision of finally purchasing the furniture piece you deserve?

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Take Care of Your Dreams with the Barcelona Daybed

Elegant and unique, the Barcelona Daybed is the final touch for an avant garde décor. For some people this could be a decision of big budget implications, but for the expert buyer, is a matter of quality for a more than convenient price. Choose a replica and save some money!

Your budget doesn’t need to be super large, by adding a couple of accessories and furniture you will be ready to go.

Regarding the furniture that you can add to your guest’s room, a couple of good quality replicas may be the best choice for you. It is important that you know the characteristics that you will have with this beautiful piece.

A soft and durable leather – The cover of the entire Barcelona Daybed is made of Italian full-grain leather, full-grain leather is the “highest quality leather that money can buy, it refers to the leathers that have been sanded, polished, or inhaled. The grain remains giving strength and originality to the leather ”.

Because of how difficult it is to find this leather on the market because it is a bit difficult to obtain from manufacturers, this is one of the factors that makes it so authentic, just like polished tubular stainless steel legs.  This is one of the eye-catching elements that the daybed has, this is perfect when you have or like steel accents.

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Leather + Barcelona Sofa: Regular Maintenance tips

A Barcelona Sofa isn’t just a stunning piece due to its wonderful design. The feeling of the best leather is without a doubt a great part of the experience.

For years the process of producing Italian leather has been quite interesting because they have used vegetable tanned leathers and have used a mineral process during its production. One of the main characteristics of great Italian leather is that to create it they use “full grain hides and process them in a way that produces a softer and more flexible leather than other vegetable tanning methods”.

Aniline is the method of dye used by Barcelona Design to be sure that all the right properties of leather are kept. Its wrinkles and relief and even scent stays just the way they should be.

But every wonderful design requires certain maintenance routines. Follow them and your will see effortlessly how you Barcelona Sofa pass the test of time.

Regular cleaning

Clean regularly your Barcelona Sofa replica using the driest method possible. What does it mean? This mostly means a soft, hand-held vacuum and dry cloth. If you have mild spots you can humidify the utensil very lightly but always avoid any excess of wetness and avoid chemicals! Leather breathes, So, be careful.

Place the Barcelona sofa in a safe place

Italian leather is very delicate and susceptible to humidity and heat. So to avoid any damage and extend its useful life, move the Barcelona sofa away from the fireplace or direct sunlight.

Protect your Italian leather by covering it

In addition to protecting the leather from dirt and moisture, the coating can also function as a decorative element. If you have guests or children, this is great protection against any scratches.

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