Lina Bo Bardi conceived the Bowl Chair as an object with an essential and universal shape and structure that is both accessible and flexible and able to blend harmoniously into any environment. The seat can be swivelled in different positions and perform multiple functions.
This new approach, where the key element is the human interaction with the object, was revolutionary for the 1950s. Bo Bardi's Bowl Chair reinvented the way people sat – favouring natural and relaxed postures – and testified to a cultural change already underway when it was designed that saw a new way of acting and living: a move to a relaxed and receptive approach to life.
Arper has tackled the process of industrialisation of the production of Bo Bardi's Bowl Chair for the first time. To Arper, the Bowl Chair has the closest synergy with its design aesthetic and sits comfortably with Arper’s existing range of products. However, the Bo Bardi Bowl Chair will only be produced in a limited, numbered edition of just 500. In bringing the Bowl Chair to life, Arper adopted a balanced approach between remaining faithful to the original design concept and the only existing prototype at the Instituto Lina Bo Bardi and adding value by bestowed Arper’s own technical expertise.
Each step of this process has been shared with the Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi, so that the limited edition Arper Lina Bo Bardi Bowl Chair complies with the original design aspiration of Lina Bo Bardi.
Bardi’s Bowl Chair
Design: Lina Bo Bardi
Riedizione: Arper, 2013