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Bardi's Bowl Chair

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Bardi's Bowl Chair; Photo © Marco Covi

Designed in 1951 by Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, the Bardi’s Bowl Chair is a semi-spherical seat resting lightly on a metallic ring structure, supported by four legs.

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Nell’anno in cui la XVII Biennale di Architettura di Venezia conferisce il Leone d’Oro speciale alla memoria all’architetta italo-brasiliana, anche Arper vuole renderle omaggio, dedicandole un’esposizione presso lo spazio di Via Osti. 

In questa occasione, Arper ha collaborato con Rubelli, storico marchio di tessuti veneziano, per rivestire la Bowl Chair con due nuovi tessuti Rubelli, che interpretano perfettamente l’energia e la vitalità di Lina Bo Bardi e del suo immaginario brasiliano.

Questa selezione di tessuti rispetta l’essenza eclettica e contemporanea del progetto Bowl Chair e lo arricchisce di sensazioni tattili, colori e suggestioni ispirate all’unicità della cultura italiana. 
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arper bardi's bowl chair
arper bardi's bowl chair
arper bardi's bowl chair
arper bardi's bowl chair
arper bardi's bowl chair
arper bardi's bowl chair
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Arper believes in design as a meaningful tool for dialogue, as a conversation enhancer between form and function, reality and ideal, company and partners; an essential language to connect past and present.

This is why in 2011 the company introduces a new approach to brand awareness which consists not only of products but also of contents; such as those cultural projects acting as a reflection for Arper values.

To standardize means to extend the possibility.
Lina Bo Bardi
arper bardi's bowl chair
arper bardi's bowl chair
arper bardi's bowl chair
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The first cultural project focuses on the figure of the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. It originates from the similarities between Arper’s vision and the values expressed by the artist through her work: the pursuit of the essential and the authentic, the preciousness of a sober style and the ability to innovate placing people at the center of every project.

Identifying with the spirit of her design, Arper not only is promoting and sustaining the world exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi: Together”, but is also producing a limited series of 500 pieces of the Bardi’s Bowl Chair, whose profits from sale are also aimed to financially support the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi of São Paulo, custodian and promoter of her valuable work.

This project expresses Arper’s growing commitment to a creative approach that is open, curious and sensitive to the culture of design.

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Lina Bo Bardi
Lina Bo Bardi designer
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Product Overview
Arper believes in design as a meaningful tool for dialogue, as a conversation enhancer between form and function, reality and ideal, company and partners; an essential language to connect past and present.

This is why in 2011 the company introduces a new approach to brand awareness which consists not only of products but also of contents; such as those cultural projects acting as a reflection for Arper values.

The first cultural project focuses on the figure of the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. It originates from the similarities between Arper’s vision and the values expressed by the artist through her work: the pursuit of the essential and the authentic, the preciousness of a sober style and the ability to innovate placing people at the center of every project.

Identifying with the spirit of her design, Arper not only is promoting and sustaining the world exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi: Together”, but is also producing a limited series of 500 pieces of the Bardi’s Bowl Chair, whose profits from sale are also aimed to financially support the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi of São Paulo, custodian and promoter of her valuable work.

This project expresses Arper’s growing commitment to a creative approach that is open, curious and sensitive to the culture of design.
arper bardi's bowl chair
Product name

Bardi's Bowl Chair

Designer

Lina Bo Bardi

Materials

Leather

Features

stuffed

Production process
In harmony with the architect’s philosophy, Arper embraced the unique opportunity to investigate and interpret one of Lina Bo Bardi’s most celebrated creations combining the same precision and sensitivity that are evident in all of her projects, in the attempt to evoke the spirit of her creation while suiting modern methods of production.

Lina Bo Bardi was a promoter of handcrafted pieces and of the interaction between Modernism and popular culture. In line with this idea, the Bardi’s Bowl Chair by Arper was built through a combination of standardized and artisanal methods, attempting to preserve Lina Bo Bardi’s craftsmanship while adding Arper technical expertise.

Compensating for the lack of precise measures and technical details of the original sketches, an intensive dialogue with the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi allowed the in-depth analysis of the original prototype. It was thus possible to evaluate size, interior structure, upholstery detailing (down to the quality and size of the stitching), density of the foam and softness of the seat.

A small-scale prototype was made to explore processes and possible improvements.
The original hand-forged iron interior, heavy and inflexible, was replaced with a plastic one: lighter, stronger and more flexible, thus matching the demands of contemporary industrial production and quality control.

Every detail, down to the small leather covers placed around the round steel frame of the chair to hold it in place, was carefully reinterpreted.

After several months of dialogue, design and testing, a single version of the industrialized Bardi’s Bowl Chair was presented in London at the opening of the exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi: Together” in the fall of 2012: a passionate project, a link between past and future.
Year

2012

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