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Barcelona chair replica

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Le Samourai, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. Le Samourai

    Le Samourai Well-Known Member

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    Frankly i cant afford to spend 5k on an knoll version or a vintage piece. Any decent reproductions around for smalltimers? Advice/recommendations welcome. Btw im in the U.K. Thanks.
     
  2. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Well-Known Member

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    sorry to say it but every 'replica' i have see looks crap. especially the white ones

    i would save and wait.
     
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    I've seen this come up before, and I have to ask...are these things actually comfortable at all? In any way?

    Because they really don't look as if they are, TBH.
     
  5. Fuuma

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    I've seen this come up before, and I have to ask...are these things actually comfortable at all? In any way?

    Because they really don't look as if they are, TBH.


    No, they're made for lobbies not to curl in reading a book.
     
  6. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Well-Known Member

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    they are comfortable for some uses. reading the news paper, or enjoying in a social situation

    they arent lounge chairs tho, and i wouldnt want to use one for watching TV or listening to music.
     
  7. Fuuma

    Fuuma Well-Known Member

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    they are comfortable for some uses. reading the news paper, or enjoying in a social situation

    they arent lounge chairs tho, and i wouldnt want to use one for watching TV or listening to music.


    I have no problem watching movies in a Le Corbusier couch and I still wouldn't know what to do with a Barcelona chair.
     
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    my grandmother was in the Bauhaus :shock:
     
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    I have no problem watching movies in a Le Corbusier couch and I still wouldn't know what to do with a Barcelona chair.

    It's like a striped shirt...you look at it.
     
  10. Mr Herbert

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    Le Corbusier have plenty of padding which makes them quite comfortable. i dont find them very attractive tho.

    barcelonas are good in a lounge room used for entertaining guests

    for pure comfort go the Eames Loungechair.
     
  11. Fuuma

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    It's like a striped shirt...you look at it.

    I also find it hard to integrate in an interior or even use as an accent piece. It looks good in the lobbies of modernists or brutalist buildings and in the original pavilion.
     
  12. StephenHero

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    Of all the iconic modernist furniture, I think the most comfortable is Marcel Breuer's chair. The ergonomics of the Barcelona chair are awkward. You can't put your hands anywhere but on your lap and the angle of incline makes sitting straight-legged a bit robotic or sitting cross-legged a bit immobile.

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  13. Fuuma

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    Of all the iconic modernist furniture, I think the most comfortable is Marcel Breuer's chair. The ergonomics of the Barcelona chair are awkward. You can't put your hands anywhere but on your lap and the angle of incline makes sitting straight-legged a bit robotic or sitting cross-legged a bit immobile.

    [​IMG]


    Indeed, and it is much more versatile than those Roman generals seatings. Unless you're going full retro, integration or at least interesting contrast with contemporary designs should be a priority.
     
  14. Le Samourai

    Le Samourai Well-Known Member

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    I bought a Barcelona knockoff and wish I hadn't. The chair was fine at first but the devil is in the details and after a while the poor construction started to show... buttons came loose, stitching began to break, etc...

    I'm another vote for waiting until you've got the money saved to buy the real deal.
     
  16. Fuuma

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    I bought a Barcelona knockoff and wish I hadn't. The chair was fine at first but the devil is in the details and after a while the poor construction started to show... buttons came loose, stitching began to break, etc...

    I'm another vote for waiting until you've got the money saved to buy the real deal.


    Let's not get too carried away, I'm not very knowledgeable about repros but the "originals" aren't masterpieces of construction either (people are waaaay off in their evaluation of high-end furniture construction, it's well made and slightly more durable but nothing amazing, details usually look great though). I'm sure some repros are at the same level. But knowing which are must be a difficult task and the price of a "good repro" is probably quite high.

    In other words your Capellini sofa will also get fucked, some cushions will get crushed at overused pressure points and fabric will degenerate. It just looks nice and is slightly more durable.
     
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    +1

    I've got a Barcelona repro and love it. The California-based seller I got it from is no longer registered on ebay, but had a business for about 2 years selling high-quality Chinese knock-offs. It was nice, because I could see from her feedback that buyers were happy.

    Look for a stainless frame. You won't get that from Knoll. Instead, you'll get chrome that will pit over time.

    BTW, they're quite comfortable when you have the ottoman as well.
     
  18. gdl203

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    Let's not get too carried away, I'm not very knowledgeable about repros but the "originals" aren't masterpieces of construction either (people are waaaay off in their evaluation of high-end furniture construction, it's well made and slightly more durable but nothing amazing, details usually look great though). I'm sure some repros are at the same level. But knowing which are must be a difficult task and the price of a "good repro" is probably quite high.

    In other words your Capellini sofa will also get fucked, some cushions will get crushed at overused pressure points and fabric will degenerate. It just looks nice and is slightly more durable.


    Completely agree with this.
     
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    Knoll in particular doesn't have great construction quality. Some of the Italians do, however, and fully justify their price, IMO.

    --Andre
     
  20. Fuuma

    Fuuma Well-Known Member

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    Completely agree with this.

    On that topic I saw some recent Chinese white lacquered furniture, a niche which used to be Italian or bust and I honestly can't see the difference in quality (of the lacquering that is), it was applied to cheaper wood and not as well made/finished but this can be easily improved on.
     

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