The Art Nouveau or Catalan Modernism is an art movement particularly flourishing in architecture. Barcelona is rich of modernist buildings throughout the Eixample district which was planned in 1850 by engineer Idelfons Cerdá. We have wrote several posts showing magnificent buildings in Barcelona such as Pedrera, Casa Batllo, Torre Bellsguard or Casa Vicens to name just a few. All these buildings have beed designed by master modernist architect Antoni Gaudi who stands out as the most representative architect of this style.
This time we would like to write a bit about his concept of furniture. In this picture we are showing The Confidant, a beautiful and innovative double chair that was designed by Gaudi to decorate his master piece Casta Batlló located in Paseo de Gracia 43 in Barcelona.
The chair design, shape and color give it a distinctive look and unique structure of its kind: the idea of two people who violate the provision classic dress of a two-seater bench. Here, the space for each occupant is abruptly delimited by a central armrest, acting as a splitter. Gaudí allegorical representations manifested here described the intimate human reality, in which people, despite sharing the same space, often find themselves alone and isolated.
What is also interested and very innovative for the times is the chair's rounded shape and the concern of Gaudi for the user comfort. He was one of the first introducing the concept of ergonomics into domestic furniture. He actually anticipated the design of his contemporary fellow architects into industrial design such as Victor Horta, Charles Rennie Mackintosh o Eero Saarinen.
You can admire The Confidant at the MNAC museum in Barcelona http://www.museunacional.cat/en or by visiting Gaudi's building such as Casa Batllo or La Pedrera, both located in Paseo de Gracia.
post by Paola at www.casitasitges.com