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Barrel Chair: the Comfort of Solid Wood

The Barrel chair, designed and producted by Frank Loyd Wright it’s a famous model of the American architect and designer production. Frank Loyd Wrigh was a pioneer of modern architecture: the influence of his art and design on European modernists and generations of US architects has been very important. In his work he broke with Victorian tradition to create the Prairie Style, the origin of millions of modern American house designs.

He was a pioneer of Organic Architecture: this artistic movement basing structures on natural forms and producing buildings -- like "Fallingwater" in Pennsylvania and the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan -- that are at one with their outdoor environments. And barrel chair is a part of the tensest of  Organic Architecture, breaking every bond with oldies design style, like Art Noveau.

Frank Loyd Wright was, among other things, a brilliant designer of furniture, textiles, stained glass, and interior detail: in his work he always presented his clients with a completely integrated concept, from the building itself right through to the light fixtures and the rug patterns. And the barrel chair is one of the most famous piece of furniture made by the American designer and architect.

Frank Loyd Wright said that “Every chair must be designed for the building it will be in” and the barell chair was designed in 1937 for Herbert Johnson's house, Wingspread. Made of natural wood, with an upholstered leather seat, the chair was a reworking of a design Wright created in 1904: in fact the barrel chair could be considerate an update of one of his first tub chairs.

The barrel chair used tall straight chairs as a screen around tables. The simple shapes of his furniture permitted machine production, making the designs affordable. Indeed, Wright believed that machines could actually enhance the designs. A simple shape, the cylinder, is given a refined originality that appeals to the eye and mind from every angle. Equally appropriate as a modern lounge chair or modern dining chair, it's a pleasure to look at and to use.

With the Barrel chair Frank Loyd Wright give an important place to the comfort of the seat: in fact, more than a chair, the barrel can be consider a little armchair. Unlike the classic chair, Frank Loyd Wright designed this chair without legs, that usually hold up the seat: but the barrel is a solid chair thanks to the frame made in solid wood (originally cherry), with an high comfort level.

And you can find models of the barrel chair solid and comfortable as the original chair: you can choose this model of chair for your house, using this chair for your dinner room or your living room.  This chair is made in cherry wood, with different finish type (dark or light). You can also choose in a wide selection of colors for fabric and leather for the seat cushion upholstery: so you can color-key it to be an inviting presence in any room.

Anyway, when you choose the barrel chair, you are choosing a piece of design and furniture history, that will give a new style to your house.

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