Key facts

Product:
Gaulino Easy Chair
Family:
Gaulino
Manufacturer:
BD Barcelona >
Designer:
Oscar Tusquets Blanca >
Architonic ID:
1406095
Country:
Spain
Launched:
2016
Manufacturer groups :
Seating-Armchairs >
Lounge area/Waiting room-Lounge chairs >
Groups:
Seating-Armchairs >
Lounge area/Waiting room-Lounge chairs >

Product description

“The challenge was to design a light armchair, not too high, using wood and leather. At the beginning, it was going in a different direction, but after making various models, prototypes and considering BD’s design team’s different perspectives on the matter, the result has inevitably drawn toward what is now the Gaulino chair, which was designed nearly 30 years ago. We did not envision it so, but the ergonomics and the aesthetic coherence of this piece has taken us toward a solution much like the Gaulino chair, an heiress of Gaudí and Mollino, and have decided to conserve the name.” OSCAR TUSQUETS

We did not want to create an armchair starting with the Gaulino chair, but a new Gaulino to sit on in a different way, a lower seat and if possible more comfortable. One of the not so apparent virtues is that the chair by Oscar Tusquets, designed back in 1987, is that it’s surprisingly comfortable. The new Gaulino easy chair is a little more robust and lends itself to other uses rather than just accompanying a table. It fulfills its function as a little armchair but is visually very light. Additionally, it is made in solid ash wood using artisanal and industrial processes, varnished in an either natural colour or stained in black. The seat is always upholstered in leather.

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Concept

Old rock fans never die and Oscar Tusquets loves to demonstrate this. This architect, artist —the drawing of the dama molliniana shows it— and writer, has designed nearly everything during his long career —his work has its own encyclopaedia, compiled by Juli Capella and published by Electa— and in particular many chairs, some of them much admired, but possibly none so beautiful as Gaulino. In this piece —says Tusquets— some critic detected his well-known admiration for Salvador Dalí but, when he saw it finished, it seemed to him that the clearest influences came from Antoni Gaudí and Carlo Mollino. This is why it is called Gaulino. He designed it in 1987 and since then it has become a point of reference in Spanish design. “I learned and enjoyed it very much and I consider it one of my best works. Although its appearance is totally artisanal, it was my first really industrial project in wood; that was when I realised what machines could do.” Nearly a quarter of a century later, BD is re-launching it, improved, accompanied by a new table design and with the knowledge of having a unique and unrepeatable chair which has a great story to tell. With it BD has begun making a series of audiovisuals —BD STORIES— on their most iconic designs.