The Old Ottoman and the Barcelona Ottoman

As traditional as any element of furniture, the Ottoman is without a doubt, one of the most versatile and demanded items of décor. Storage, comfort seating, aesthetic object, the Ottoman has as many uses as styles of décor are around the world, being the Barcelona Ottoman one of its most finest expressions. Let’s find out a little more about it. As traditional as any element of furniture, the Ottoman is without a doubt, one of the most versatile and demanded items of décor. Storage, comfort seating, aesthetic object, the Ottoman has as many uses as styles of décor are around the world, being the Barcelona Ottoman one of its most finest expressions. Let’s find out a little more about it. 

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The Barcelona Ottoman

What is an Ottoman?

We call an Ottoman a small piece of furniture used mostly for relaxing out feet at the end of a sofa or chair. Generally, the Ottoman is like a backless seat or like a paddled bench, upholstered to provide comfort and softness for our tired feet. But with time it has evolved to many other uses, as a storage piece or simply as a decorative object. 

When it comes to shapes there are square, rounded, rectangular Ottomans. When it comes to sizes, there are endless combinations of sizes and measures, but generally, they tend to be at the same height as one sofa seat.

The same occurs with its upholstery, which can be of any fabric or leather. Ottomans are one of the most fertile fields of creativity for furniture creators.

Where is the Ottoman coming from?

The easy answer is from the Ottoman Empire, but it looks that its not that simple. According to some specialists, the Ottoman was introduced in Europe in the 1800s, by the Turkish empire. Originally, the Ottoman consisted of a big upholstered surface, wrapped into three walls; but with time the concept was adapting to smaller and portable sizes, till the current version. It used to be assembled as a sectional, and it has received alternative names as Poufee or footstool, mainly in Europe and Latin America.

Other sources point out that the Ottoman is the exotic adaptation of a piece of furniture, the puff, created in what is now Morocco.

Nowadays, though, the most common denomination in America is Ottoman, and is considered as a standard element of every set of living room and bedroom furniture, along with the sofa, chair, and table, just as it happens with the Barcelona Collection.

If you are a decor enthusiast, you know that a Barcelona Ottoman is the perfect ally for your decor. As a part of the Barcelona Collection,  it will bring you style, quality and functionality. But the Ottoman itself has some great advantages for your spaces. Let’s talk about 3 of them.

What can you do with your 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. Who said that a Barcelona Ottoman belongs only to a living room?. Certainly, it fits very well as a point of relaxation, but the 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 surroundings, is a good tool to get your room balanced. 

The Barcelona Collection and Mid Century Modern

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The Barcelona Ottoman is part of the Barcelona Collection

The Barcelona Collection is one of the most representative setups in Interior Design from the Mid Century Modern Design period. 

With its sleek design and beautiful shapes, the collection is formed by the iconic Barcelona Chair, the Barcelona Sofa, the Barcelona Loveseat, the Barcelona Ottoman, and Barcelona Table.

The Barcelona Collection was an authentic breakthrough in the world of design back in 1929 when it was released in the German Pavilion of the International Exposition of Barcelona, by its principal creator Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

With innovations like an experimental use of industrial materials (Steel), a minimalist design, stripped of any ornamentalism, and portraying the functionality before the design, the items of the Barcelona Collection (just like another famous collection, the LC from Le Corbusier) set a standard for many years when it comes to beauty and functionality. 

The Barcelona Collection works very well as a whole set up, but the best combination of its elements depends on the needs of the particular space we are willing to decor. Nevertheless, the elements of the Barcelona Collection have enough beauty and value to stand up each one for its selves.

With a commitment for achievement, excellence, and being true to the original design of the original author, Barcelona Designs is one of the most successful online stores of Mid Century Modern renditions. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to have an experience of high-class furniture, taking the smart choice. Barcelona Designs is the leading store of replicas for Mid Century Modern Style, like the Barcelona Collection.  With Barcelona Designs, you will get an exceptional quality product for an affordable price. 

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