Lina Bo Bardi. Poltrona Bowl chair. 1951

Lina Bo Bardi Poltrona Bowl chair 1951

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 3, Exhibition Galleries

Valuing geometric simplicity and economy of means, Bo Bardi designed the Poltrona Bowl Chair with a steel frame and a stackable seat containing two circular cushions. The shell on the metal ring can be adjusted in all directions to suit the desired position of the sitter. Bo Bardi, who emigrated from Italy to Brazil in 1946, played a lead role in advancing modernist architecture and design in postwar Brazil. Among the landmark buildings she designed was her São Paulo home, the Glass House (Casa de Vidro, 1951), which she furnished with Poltrona Bowl Chairs.

Gallery label from Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, April 19 - August 13, 2017.
Medium
Steel and fabric
Dimensions
21 5/8 × 33 1/16 × 33 1/16" (55 × 84 × 84 cm)
Credit
Committee on Architecture and Design Funds
Object number
135.2016
Department
Architecture and Design

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