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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.

Divan

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.

Daybed

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.

Seetie

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.

Chaise

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.

Recamier

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.

Aster

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.

Croton

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.

Comfort

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.

Maintenance

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.

Spills

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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The Three Purposes of the Barcelona Chair

As many of us know, at the ends of the 19th century, the German government commissioned Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to design the German pavilion at the International Exposition that was being held in Barcelona. Mies Van der Rohe was a well-known German-American architect of the late 19th century. Van der Rohe is accredited as one of the most relevant figures in modernist architecture, with iconic pieces such as theBarcelona Chair and buildings like the Seagram Headquarters.

Van der Rohe created this iconic Barcelona Chair for three purposes:

First, to display it in the German Pavilion at the International Exposition of Barcelona. That was exposition of international fame and it would bring opportunities to van der Rohe to show all his skills, not only as an Architect (he work privately for two more pavilions, but as a designer).

Second, to provide a simple example of his saying “less is more”. The German Pavilion was a perfect portrait of what we call modernism and minimalism. Today is considered one of the pivotal spaces that let van der Rohe show the power of Modernism. The German Pavilion was dismantled in 1930, but it was restored in 1985 by a international group of architects.

Third: To provide a throne to Alfonso XIII and his wife, Kings of Spain, that would be there at the opening. This was a factor that had major influence in the design of the Barcelona Chair, even thought that Alfonso XIII didn’t use the chair.

At that time people adored this chair so much that Mies find ways to produce it in Germany even in the terrible context of the WWII, but a point came when he had to leave Germany and stablish in America, where it was finally taken by Knoll, the legendary house conducted by Florence Knoll.

So why is the Barcelona Chair an icon of the 20th century? The answer is very simple!

Due to its materials, lines and texture.

After the Second World War, new materials emerged (in addition to wood) such as glass, plastic and steel, and a new integration of these materials into design. In this particular case, the innovation was the inclusion of steel under the cushions and support

If you analyze the shapes and lines of the chair you will notice that they are very clean and sophisticated, a representation of modernism.

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The Virtue of Mid Century Modern

The 1940s to the late-1960s was when interior design swept the nation. But at the time interior design defined things like graphic and industrial design and architecture; all going for a specific aesthetic – simplicity in clean lines and sculptural forms.

This was the moment that the phrase “less is more”, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe,  was born. Three magnificent chairs capture the essence of MCM:

Form,  light, and space defined many Mid-Century homes’ architecture. These homes also featured high ceilings and lots of open spaces; it was all about sleek and modern designs. Stone, brick, and wood were the most popular materials at that time.

Some notable Mid-Century Modern architects included people like Richard Neutra, Eero Saarinen, John Lautner, Paul Revere Williams, and Joseph Eichler, and of course, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, creator of the Barcelona Chair, but of great skyscrapers, like the Seagrams, building.

When it came to furniture, the new designs boasted sleek and sculptural forms that were all about physical ergonomics. The common thought was that furniture design should focus on and complement the human body, to provide comfort by all means.

Another Mid-Century Modern furniture feature is innovative materials like plywood, fiberglass, Plexiglas, and tubular steel, and fabricating techniques, which helped create unique shapes of many of the furniture pieces inspired in this era. The Barcelona Chair, with its superb join of leather and steel, is a remarkable example.

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The Barcelona Sofa: The Fascination of Leather

Take a look to a trend blog or Interior Design page nowadays and check out the latest sofas. You will see colorful pieces with several shapes, and it has been this ways for several years.

Nevertheless, if you ask a person to describe you a sofa, or an ideal sofa, very probably they will, describe a giant leather sofa, like a Chesterfield or like an LC3 Sofa. And the experience only enhances when they meet the Barcelona Sofa by the Barcelona Collection.

But What is that perennial charm of leather that survices beyond any trend?. Leather has always been preferred by users by many reasons:

  • Elegance. Nothing has a more beautiful view in furniture upholstery than leather. Its shinning, texture and clean cut look has no serious competitor
  • Texture. Leather is comfortable and flexible. Leather tends to be a little rigid when is newly acquired, but it relaxes and adapt to the shape of the body with time.
  • Maintenance. Leather is a very simple surface to clean and maintain. When it comes to spills, is enough with a simple moisturized cloth. That is a clear disadvantage of microfiber.
  • Hygiene. Leather doesn’t suffer from dust mites or allergens, because of its solid structure.  

In spite of the current trends, in favor of much more color and rounded design, classic options, black and white are still in trend, and with it, leather furniture, whether in black or white leather. There is always a niche of selected users that go with the classic option of the Barcelona Collection and the Barcelona Sofa.