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Product news: the repeating arches of these colourful chairs designed by Spanish architecture studio Arquitectura-G were inspired by the use of forced perspective in Renaissance paintings.

Claudio Chair by Arquitectura-G

The Claudio Chair by Arquitectura-G has a seat that narrows at the front, bringing the front legs closer together.

Claudio Chair by Arquitectura-G

When you view the chair from the back, you can see its front legs as well, an effect that creates a false vanishing point.

Claudio Chair by Arquitectura-G

As well as the four colours in production, the designers have launched a series of 43 one-off chairs, each in a different colour, which can be placed side by side to form a full circle resembling a colosseum (see bottom image).

Claudio Chair by Arquitectura-G

We previously featured a couple of architectural projects in Barcelona by Arquitectura-G – an apartment renovation with built-in mezzanine levels and another apartment with sliding and folding doors between each room.

Claudio Chair by Arquitectura-G

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Photographs are by Arquitectura-G.

Here's some more information from the architects:

INDOORS is a section of the architecture office ARQUITECTURA-G. It focuses on the interior rearrangement of the urban apartment, suiting it to the contemporary dwelling culture. With the very same philosophy, INDOORS also produces its own furniture, Claudio chair being part of it.

The starting point of the Claudio chair’s design is the arch as an element and its repetition. The arch, traditionally related to heavy solid construction rather than to the framework, is here decontextualised, using it in a small scale piece made out of thin wood planes.

Claudio Chair by Arquitectura-G

The lower part of the legs is rounded so each one only leans on a single point. Then, the legs make up an L-shaped cross-section which transforms into arches in each plane, making the joints under the seat stiff. To form the back, the rear arch grows without touching the seat – a horizontal plane that reinforces the categorically geometrical character of the piece - until it reaches the proper height.

The trapezoidal form of the seat breaks the formal purity of the whole, giving in exchange a fake illusion of vanishing point, in the same way as the forced perspectives of the Renaissance and the paintings of Chirico.

Claudio Chair by Arquitectura-G

Material: Lacquered MDF
Edition: INDOORS
Design year: 2012

  • Yet another chair design in which comfort takes the back seat.

  • Johnny Mitchwell

    Looking at the first picture, I immediately knew this was designed by an architect :) The sense for proportions here is amazing! Great work.

  • Thomas

    This chair is graphically beautiful. I thought I was going to love this until I saw the side view with the super-glossy seat without any pitch/angle. Why not make it nice to sit on? Perhaps it’s more of a statement piece: artistic expression over function.

  • Got Chairs ?

    Everyone can now be seated and we can start designing something else, solving actual problems (other than ego driven ones).

    • smart guy

      So now that there are enough paintings out there, should all the artists stop painting and focus their efforts on clothing the homeless? Why don’t YOU solve some world problems instead of commenting on blogs?

  • jon

    I also knew immediately that this chair was designed by an architect, because it’s designed to be admired from a distance rather than used and would probably cause piles if you sat on it for too long.

  • Paloma

    I had the same thought, cool but uncomfortable, until I tried it. It is surprisingly comfortable! Maybe because it is quite wide. Just try it and you’ll change your mind.