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A Togo Sofa & More Elements You Need When Decorating A Nursery Room (I/II)

In this blog, we love to be part of your decorative processes, and what better process than decorating the room of one of the most important moments – perhaps the most – in the life of an adult; a new child. This stage of life brings many drastic changes including the interior of your home. When this time comes it is time to not only buy diapers but also to start acquiring new furniture such as cribs, modern sofas, among other elements.

Today we want to introduce you to the furniture pieces that many parents consider necessary when decorating an optimal space for a baby. Swipe down and start writing down your favorites.

A crib

The crib is the main support of any newborn, in fact, babies usually spend more than 67% of the time in them. Try to choose a comfortable, safe and with a hypoallergenic mattress. Avoid at all costs those with movable railings.

A sofa or chair

This is the main support for the parents, this is where they will spend a lot of time caring for the newborn. It is important that the chosen modern sofa chair is highly comfortable and resistant. One of the best options for this is without a doubt the Togo sofa.

Click to know more about the Togo sofa and elements of the nursery room.

The Egg Chair: Description & Movies Where You Can Appreciate Its Elegance (II/II)

In the previous article we talked about a brief background of Egg Chair, where we mentioned some of the main characteristics of the iconic chair and one of the most famous movies where you may have seen it. Let’s continue!

In the aforementioned, Egg Chair appears behind renowned actor Rip Torn, who plays big boss Agent Zed in Men in Black, 1997 fim. In this scene the actor appears in the typical tuxedo seated in an elegant black Egg chair.

 Zoolander – 2001

A trilogy a little more current than what you have quite possibly heard. This film follows the life of an evil fashion mogul Jacobim Mugatu, starring Will Ferrell in which he shows us with his glamor and authentic Egg chair how outlandish and elegant he is. In this film there is an iconic scene that marks an important section within the satirical and it is when the evil fashion designer sits down to complain and devise his plans. Mugatu’s Egg chair, wig and outfit make him the most dramatic and elegant villain of all.

Ugly Betty – 2006

A classic from America! In this series the Egg chair made a big appearance as most of the set Betty works on is a redeemer of numerous Egg chairs.

The Egg Chair: Description & Movies Where You Can Appreciate Its Elegance (I/II)

Brief description of the Egg Chair

The Egg Chair is perhaps the most exponential chair worldwide within the mid-century style, this chair was designed by the incredible architect Jacobsen in 1958 for the inauguration of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, this was the first skyscraper in Denmark.

Jacobsen was involved not only in the interior details of the building but also of its furniture, in the project the exterior and interior areas were included, so the surroundings of the room made the Egg Chair stand out above the other decorative elements. The project was undoubtedly a representation of how design and architecture can converge at the same point.

The uniqueness of the Egg chair can be seen in its iconic structure where Jacobsen used meticulous sculptural tectonics to mold it. Clearly modernist in scope, the chair’s curves offer a striking contrast to the building’s crisp geometric design – a block of flat surfaces made of glass and concrete.

In which movies has the Egg Chair appeared?

Men in Black – 1997

Who does not remember the famous scene of the agent played by WIll Smith killing a cockroach.

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3 Areas Where An Arco Lamp Can Be Your Perfect Tool

The Arco lamp is an extraordinary design for several reasons. The Castiglioni brothers strove to provide the world with a design that was aesthetically and functionally astonishing, that users could successfully integrate into all types of spaces. Here are three areas of your home where this floor lamp can save your day:

  1. In your workshop. If you work in a workshop, especially if you do some kind of manual activity for which you need a focused, powerful, and stable light source that you can redirect to your liking and convenience, the Arco lamp can be a source of solutions for you, not only because it’s capable of doing all that but also because it’s one of the most beautiful artifacts you’ll ever meet.
  2. In your kitchen. The kitchen is another very special type of workshop that requires great lighting to be able to work comfortably, to achieve the most amazing results with your dishes and desserts. The Arco lamp can be your perfect assistant so that you can visualize everything correctly and nothing fails.
  3. In your reading nook. Reading is one of the most interesting and productive pleasures that anyone can have, but it’s very important to be able to do it in an area with the appropriate technical characteristics so as not to affect your eyesight and that includes optimal lighting, which can only be provided by a model like the Arco lamp.

Remember that currently some stores specialized in modern pieces such as Manhattan Home Design offer the Arco lamp replica as a faithful, affordable, and convenient alternative for all types of environments, especially modern décors in which this iconic design can shine in all its splendor.

The Barcelona Sofa tells you: Common mistakes when you buy a Sofa.

It’s your main focal point in the living room. It’s a considerable investment. It’s the place where you will seat and sleep for longs periods of time, but still, common mistakes are made when you buy a sofa. Don’t make these mistakes.

First mistake: Don’t  Measure. 

Is your priority. You should take care not only of having enough space for the couch inside your loving, but to make sure that people is will walk around comfortably around the furniture. And remember to measure, not only your room but your entrance and stairs/ access doors. That will save you a lot of bad moments.

Second mistake: Don’t choose a style. 

Are you buying just a couch and leaving all your living the same? or will you start a progressive or total renovation?. In the first case, you should buy a couch that aligns with your current style. For example, if you have green microfiber chairs, buying a black leather sofa is not a good idea. But if you are going to a reno, read some magazines, explore on the web and find the style that catches your eye the most. Your style is your decision and comes from the hearth. Look if you need specialized people to make it real.  

Third mistake: Don’t forget who’s living with you.

Do you have children or pets?. Fabric couches like microfiber or cotton can be very damaged by spills or scratches, so, the endurance of your furniture is an important factor when you have children and pets. Leather is a very good option when it comes to cleaning and endurance, and the Barcelona Sofa  is a very good witness of that.  

With the information of measures, type of coach and style, make a balance of what do you have in your balance, and buy the sofa you need. 

For inspo, info and great offers in furniture, don’t miss the opportunity in Barcelona Design, the alternative for Mid Century Modern style furniture, with masterpieces like the Barcelona Sofa or the Hans Wegner Shell Chair. 

Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: The Paisley Pattern

It was the summer of 1967 when in the neighborhood of Haight Ashbury near to 100 thousand people gather around if what they call it summer of love. A social phenomenon where young people, wearing hippie clothes converged in some kind of a fairy tale summit. Music, drugs, and psychedelia were all over the place, and the phenomena were replicated in many parts of the world. Most of them wore hippie clothes and most of the hippie clothes had Paisley patterns.

Paisley is an ornamental textile design using the buta, a teardrop-shaped motif with a curved upper end. It became popular in the west several times in history, especially during the XIX Century in Europe. In the XX Century became extremely popular in the end of the 1960s and in the 1980s, when they started to call it bacteria pattern.

The Grateful Dead and the Paisley Pattern, in 1967

Paisley has managed to survive it. It is very rich and complex, so it can be overused. Don’t use it on walls or floors, because it is too dense.   Keep it with soft tones, and restricted to small furniture and upholstery. Pair it with solid color furniture and other elements of design and you will enjoy a beautiful and vigorous pattern. Paisley is an all-time favorite of shirts and men’s ties. A Barcelona Chair with a couple of cushions upholstered in Paisley may be a bold try.

Now you know how to use patterns with your Barcelona Chair. Don’t lose the opportunity and go to Barcelona Design, the best place for Mid Century Modern furniture. 

For inspo, info and great offers in furniture, don’t miss the opportunity in Barcelona Design, the alternative for Mid Century Modern style furniture, with masterpieces like the Barcelona Chair or the Hans Wegner Shell Chair. 

Main Modern Elements Your WFH Office Needs

During these pandemic restrictions, remote work has become the reality for many of us. Now the meetings are via zoom and the working hours can be made in pajamas. This has brought many benefits but also new needs such as home offices. 

Setting up a home office can be an easy task when you consider the items that are really necessary. So if you are a lover of the modern style and want to decorate in the most optimal and stylish way possible, scroll down and check out some very useful tips, from a comfortable LC2 chair to an elegant desk.

Choose a comfy chair

Select a chair that offers you comfort and ergonomics. Although there are classic office wheelchairs, if you want to maintain a more sophisticated style you can opt for a Le Corbusier chair or LC2 chair. These chairs contain double thick cushion filled with high density foam and are also upholstered with aniline leather. Excellent option for modern offices.

Select a spacious desk with organic lines

This should have the necessary space for all your utensils. Either from laptop to markers and paper in case you use.

And last but not least, choose a neutral and calm color palette.

Comment below what do you think that a WFH office should have

Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Argyle Pattern

Let’s get serious: Who has never used a sweater with an Argyle Pattern? The Argyle Pattern is a favorite champion of all time. It consists of a series of diagonal squares or checkers, generally connected to each other with white bands.

But beyond our beloved 1980’s sweater, the Argyle Pattern is still beautiful and it is useful when it has a discreet role whether in a rug or a wallpaper.

An Argyle pattern is in the end a geometric pattern. It must be treated with the same rules: Is better on the floor (rug) or a low section of any wall.  The smaller the space, the colorful that it can be, and vice versa. Monochromatic, soft tone versions, are great for walls or rugs. As any geometric pattern, its abuse and excessive size may make you feel visually tired, so discretion is always convenient.

For inspo, info and great offers in furniture, don’t miss the opportunity in Barcelona Design, the alternative for Mid Century Modern style furniture, with masterpieces like the Barcelona Sofa  or the Hans Wegner Shell Chair.

Architecture and Mid Century Modern

We’ve seen many times how the revolutionary changes impulsed by the great names of the Mid Century Modern movement, bring deep changes to the world of interior design and leave us a great number of design masterpieces that are part of our daily life. Many of these figures were both Architects, and Designers: Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, or Le Corbusier.

So, it’s good to review, on the other hand, what were the contributions of these great figures of Mid Century Modern style made to the world of architecture, and to see how connected are the macro and the micro spaces.

Openness and transparency.

Open spaces and transparent facades are a classical characteristic of Mid Century Modern architecture. Both in giant skyscrapers or residential houses (like the creator of the Barcelona Chair, van der Rohe, did), the openness and clear views are a basic requirement of this architecture. Integration with nature and a game between void and fill spaces is the main purpose of this concept.

Flat roof

The lack of ornamentation so typical of Mid Century Modern interiors is visible in architecture too, with the absence of ornamented roofs. The vision of a house just like void-shifted horizontal boxes explains why the roof is considered like a flat plane that closes an interior volume.

Natural colors and materials

Bring nature indoors is a constant in Mid Century Modern interior design, particularly with the influence of Scandinavian design. When it comes to Architecture, it is visible in the use of natural colors and leaving nature and surroundings as your main visible landscape.

For inspo, info and great offers in furniture, don’t miss the opportunity in Barcelona Design, the alternative for Mid Century Modern style furniture, with masterpieces like the Barcelona Chair or the Hans Wegner Shell Chair. 

Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Tips to use Geometric Patterns

Triangles, squares, pentagons, circles…Geometric forms are in the basics of décor. As patterns, they always being here, and they will always be, though, with time, we’ve learned some tips to get the most of them.

Patterns have the charm of being manipulated and get special results. Clean cut, neat geometric shapes bring us a sense of abstract order and modernism, while distorted figures made with clay, earthy tones, take us to ancient times and tribal craftsmanship.

A slight gradient, shaded, or abstract overlapping geometric will always be on-trend. Whether in your house, or your office, hardly they will fail you. As with any pattern, keep in mind that abusing one geometric pattern may result in a tedious or overwhelming space. 

Tips  to use geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns are a strong vision. That’s why are so suitable in rugs, or on the floor. Use the strongest patterns in the base of your wall or your floor, using the rest of the elements of the room to counterbalance it.

Don’t use geometric patterns in your wall unless they’re really subtle, your risking to be overwhelming.

Use your patterns preferably in clear spaces

Don’t use geometric patterns in small places, because they tend to reduce the perception of size in your room

Use a single geometric pattern. For example, just your rug, or your floor. Don’t use in both elements at the same time

 Now you know how to use patterns with your Barcelona Chair. Don’t lose the opportunity and go to Barcelona Design, the best place for Mid Century Modern furniture.