Niemeyer II Armchair by Joana Santos Barbosa

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Niemeyer II

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Armchair

INSPIRATION:
The rounded armchair is named after the Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer and its rounded forms are influenced by the House of Canoas designed in 1951. The modern flat roof offers its flowing forms to the round seat. The backward movement of the curve that frames a large granite boulder is recreated by the location of the diagonal seams that flow all around the arms and seat of the armchair. Seen from above, it really recreates the exact movement into the comfortable seat.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This is an armchair with a challenging design. Having a strong narrative speaking behind its organic forms, the creative process was developed in a cohesive dialogue between the general rounded design and the focus on the correct location of the seams. The symbolism is strong and so it’s the design itself. This armchair is almost minimal in its inner hidden complexity. Reduced to the essential, the design and the details create a graceful symbiosis between form and function.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Having a refined design and meticulous upholstery work, the Niemeyer II armchair is a best-seller among the designs created by Joana Santos Barbosa. It is a luxurious armchair that catches the eye of the public, being both a minimal design, yet a statement piece. Upholstered in a special woven bouclé, this armchair receives people with a gentle embrace and feels the most comfortable place in the room. It is also available with a swivel option.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
It took about a year to create the armchair and was released in September 2019 at Maison and Objet in Paris.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Fully handcrafted in the city of Porto, located in the North of Portugal, this armchair is produced by local artisans. The use of traditional techniques is applied to create new contemporary designs. Product details Upholstery in InsidherLand Woollen fabric Base in oak finished in matt varnish

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions Height 86cm 33,86in Width 94cm 37,00in Depth 92cm 36,22in Seat Height 44cm 17,32in

TAGS:
roundarmchair, roundchair, chunkychair, modernchair, bouclechair

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Being influenced by the assumptions modernist architecture such as freedom of forms and volumetric organicity, the goal was to create a free design. The handmade production was a process of adjustments between the free sketches, the technical drawings and the real scale modeling. The construction was carried out in full-scale prototypes. While upholstery was improved, the structure had to be adapted to the new demands. Since its launch, this armchair has quickly been a commercial success.

CHALLENGE:
Challenges are part of the design process and a completely round armchair is no exception. Inside, the wooden structure presents the necessary complexity for its clean exterior appearance. The construction process included several adjustments, both in the wooden structure and in the exact collation of the seams, to reach the final design, in which we find a total simplicity. Another anticipated challenge was related to the stability of the chair. By reducing the contact of the base with the floor we were able to offer an enormous freedom to the design. However, several improvements have been defined for its stability. This armchair is also available with a swivel option.

ADDED DATE:
2022-03-03 18:20:29

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Video: InsidherLand
Images white background: InsidherLand
Image in a house ambience: Weco Gallery


PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyright InsidherLand 2022, All Rights Reserved

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
InsidherLand

PROFILE:
Created by Architect Joana Santos Barbosa in 2012, Insidherland is a Portuguese brand of author design inspired by the natural wonders and the excellence of art. Joana explores influences from travels around the World to define her own Land as a place that transforms her unique vision into pieces of art. InsidherLand collections are designed as a dialog, being Beyond Memory deeply influenced by organic forms of nature and traditional cultures and Identity, molded by Art and Architectural forms. Drawn with Joana’s signature and handcrafted by her team of Portuguese master craftsmen, the impressive contemporary furniture, lighting, upholstery and accessories have been highlighted as soulful designs that embody the expertise of traditional craft techniques with high quality finishes. Joana soon saw her talent recognized, being considered as one of the Top 10 Contemporary Designers from Portugal. Earning her place in the international design scene, she was invited to exhibit at the XX Triennale International Exhibition in Milan and her work can be seen in the most prestigious design events in London, Paris and Milan. Joana’s effortless sophisticated designs position her brand, InsidherLand, in strategic markets of high-end luxury decoration and her work is selected by architects, design studios and hotels around the world who seek for exclusive one of a kind pieces of art.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Niemeyer Ii Armchair by Joana Santos Barbosa is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Niemeyer Ii Armchair by Joana Santos Barbosa is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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