13 May 2013
At times it seems all too easy to revive a good design of the past. But that’s not always true, and in this case it is not even correct to speak of a revival, in the sense that the Bowl Chair, designed by Lina Bo Bardi in 1951, was never mass produced. Arper has had to meet a twofold challenge: reengineering a piece of furniture to adapt it to the needs of today’s industrial production, and at the same time interpreting in the right way the few surviving sketches, with very little indication as to dimensions and materials, having at its disposal only two prototypes constructed by hand in Brazil in the fifties. An intense exchange with the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi has permitted the Veneto company to respect the original proportions and to realize a marvelous contemporary product. For the moment a single version will be on sale in a limited run of 500 pieces.