Basic Armchair by
Lagranja Design


Product news: the first piece to be produced by Barcelona studio Lagranja Design is an armchair inspired by classic Danish design.

Basic Armchair by Lagranja Design

The Basic Armchair is described by Lagranja Design as a "gentle interpretation of the Danish archetype", with a "Mediterranean touch" seen in its upward-flicking armrests.

It was originally made for the lobby of the Chic & Basic Hotel that the studio designed just off La Ramblas in Barcelona.

Basic Armchair by Lagranja Design

The armchair is made of solid beech, with a seat and back upholstered in fabric or leather selected by the client.

We recently featured a collection of colourful mix and match furniture created by Lagranja for Spanish brand Sistema Midi.

Basic Armchair by Lagranja Design

Other armchairs we've published on Dezeen include a curvy seat designed to look like an app and a pleated leather seat inspired by the puffed shoulders of Renaissance costumes.

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Photographs are by Meritxell Arjalaguer and Fotodisenny.

Here's some more information from Lagranja:

Basic Armchair

It is basic twice. Once because is been expressly designed for the Chic & Basic Hotel lobby, one of our latest interior design projects. Twice because it is the minimal yet acceptable image of an armchair. A gentle interpretation of the Danish archetype… of course with a Mediterranean touch.

The Basic Armchair is the very first object produced by lagranja. How did we get there? It is the purest expression of a need. While furnishing the hotel lobby we were fighting with a very tight budget, and we couldn’t find any armchair that fit the budget and that we liked, so we decided to design and produce the best piece we could within our budget constraint.

It is a solid beech wood structure armchair with matte water varnish finishing. The seat and back are upholstered in fabric or leather, with possibility of using fabric indicated by the client. The fabrics for this armchair have been selected among the best collections of the most exclusive firms.

  • Danish design is pure and functional but this one also has something to do with retro – clean and beautiful!

    • It is retro-ish, but I’d say it’s not clean. Retro furniture had very good architectonics, but this does not: seems like the upholstered backrest will fall back. It is connected of course, but constructionally I find it odd to do the mounting in that soft upholstered part, not behind it.

  • Colonel Pancake

    It's not as good as the chairs it's copying.

  • pirate-china

    Looks quite nice but are my arms that curvy? Doesn’t look comfortable for the arms.

  • Saenz Carmelo

    Very similar to another classic armchair by Hans J Wegner:–wegner-han

    • Charles Detilleux

      It is both exciting and frightening to think that, in the very first days of 2013, we’re being presented with a chair that is said to meet today’s needs (“How did we get there? It is the purest expression of a need.”) being exactly the same as 1951. I can think of two reasons:

      1) We’ve made it! Everything we need has been produced. We’re only reproducing ourselves without evolving, therefore no further design is necessary.

      2) We reached the point where one may have the guts to actually produce a pure copy of a product and call it a tribute to the same.

      Lack of culture? Lack of honesty? Everything about a present day design process (cool photo shots, fabrics from “the best collections of the most exclusive firms”, blogged on here, exciting article in magazines, hopefully a launching soirée with short but inspiring speech from the designers and so on), everything but an original, useful, meaningful design.

      Whatever the reason (but I’m thinking 2), this industry is encouraging it and it’s sick.

  • Martin

    Agreed: a poor rendition of a wheel that has already been invented.