Bench B for BD Barcelona by Konstantin Grcic
Published on August 7, 2013
Konstantin started to work on this project during his bursary at the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome in 2011. His first inspiration came from the wrought iron benches which furnish the parkway of the academy´s premises. Structural considerations soon led to the cross-shaped leg in cast aluminum which, inevitably, created an image reminiscent of the famous Barcelona chair (1929). The logic and beauty of this leg detail were so definitive, they overruled any initial qualms concerning Mies van der Rohe´s iconic design.
Ironically, his project was to be produced by a company based in Barcelona. Nearly a century later, they were able to re-interpret this furniture classic in a new way, making it ergonomically better while turning it into a more systematic, technologically advanced product. Using aluminum extrusions for the curved seat/back profile and slats is a logical continuation of his previous work for BD, but also adds a great flexibility to the production of the bench.
The Bench B is the new design for BD’s Extrusion Collection, which had the extruded aluminium as a leit motiv for a family of products. The bench is for public and domestic use, from a very short one-seater side chair, to a long bench for 8 people.
BENCH B can be made to any length from a one-seater chair up to a maximum length of six meters. It can be for indoor or outdoor, it can have arms or not, it can be upholstered or left pure aluminium.
Slats in anodized extruded aluminum pure or upholstered with BD fabrics or leather
Legs in cast aluminum