Coveting Calvet

I tried my hand at furniture making in college - and adored it. I laminated together a few boards and carved a banana leaf to ergonomically fit my back. For the main support, I welded a semi-cube shape (two sides open for sitting purposes) out of industrial steel square pipes. And then I attempted to needlepoint a leopard-print cushion. Never finished that. I did finish college, however, and brought the whole thing to New York in pieces. Unfortunately, that steel cube was .25 inches too big from all angles to fit into my first miniature studio apartment. So much for that chair. These are a prime example of a designer (architect) paying a bit more attention to his designs' eventual surroundings. Around 1905, Antonio Gaudí designed this chair and bench for Casa Calvet, one of his architectural marvels in Barcelona. Today, BD Ediciones is recreating them for a lucky few who probably (probably not -- see prices below) live in slightly less marvelous homes. The chair and the bench can be yours for $10,482 and $27,059, respectively. (The chair made it into Vogue this month).


  1. The only thing I designed at school was a dorm room still (hey, if they didn't want us to make one why would they have left that book full of diagrams in the library?) I had just finished collecting all the apples for the first batch of apple jack and talked a friend into lighting up his blowtorch when the RA put the kabosh on the whole deal.

    Had I known that a chair could be art....! Well...