The Barcelona Chair is undoubtedly one of the symbols of 20th century modernism, setting a new standard in furniture design for decades to come. Its design embodies both of its creator’s famous credos: “Less is more” and “God is in the details”. The design was refined down to essentials making the form of the chair very minimalistic and pure. The chair consists of three main components: a stainless steel frame and two tufted leather cushions. The frame comprises two x-shaped sections, which serve as the chair’s legs and supports for the cushions. Its unique x-shape is achieved through the use of curved, steel stripes which are welded at the point of their intersection. The welds are grinded and buffed, giving the frame a smoother appearance and making it look like a single, seamless piece of metal. The cushions are manufactured from bovine leather. After being cut into square sections, the leather is tufted and welted together into rectangular cushions and laid on leather stripes riveted to the chair’s frame.
The overall appearance of the chair is extraordinarily appealing and stylish. It is very proportional and well-balanced and the use of the frame makes it look both airy and light. In contrast to fully-upholstered furniture, it does not obstruct the room in which it is placed but enhances the perception of spaciousness. Even today, almost nine decades after its presentation, when modernism is not an extravagant or radical concept anymore, the Barcelona Chair has neither aged nor become trite. It still looks fresh and contemporary.