Bloemenwerf Side Chair (1895) designed by Henry de Velde

Design Classic – Influential and important design

Bloemenwerf Side Chair
Bloemenwerf Side Chair

Chair 1895

  • Designer: Henry Van de Velde
  • Material: Oak and Rush

Henry Van de Velde designed the Bloemenwerf Side Chair (1895-1898).

Bloemenwerf, Henry Van de Velde’s property outside Brussels, is the inspiration for this chair. Van de Velde planned and built the house and the interior—from the furniture to the wallpaper—resulting in a holistic design that exemplified the concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk “total work of art”. The chair demonstrates the designer’s ability to combine functional and decorative elements in his work. The chair’s ornamental qualities originate from the slightly curving back and legs, and each component exists because it is a structural need.

Van de Velde attributed John Ruskin and William Morris as influencing his transition from painting to decorative arts and architecture. Bloemenwerf, like Morris’s own Red House in Kent, was the artist’s first significant foray into these domains. The house contained chaste interiors with white walls and clean-lined “cottage” furniture that mimicked English rustic designs of the eighteenth century, such as this chair, which was inspired by other English craftsmen such as Ernest Gimson and C.F.A. Voysey. Art dealer Siegfried Bing also visited Bloemenwerf in 1895. He commissioned van de Velde to build model rooms and provide replicas of the Bloemenwerf furniture, including this chair, for Bing’s new shop in Paris.

While the chair’s form had identifiable roots in the country vernacular, its dramatically sprung curves declared van de Velde’s modern notions of a “new art,” which Bing’s gallery helped disseminate. The Societe Van de Velde, a decorating firm and factory formed by the artist in 1898, later placed it into commercial production.

Sources

Bloemenwerf Side Chair. Bloemenwerf Side Chair | Denver Art Museum. (n.d.). https://www.denverartmuseum.org/en/object/1994.641.

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Hiesinger, K. B., & Marcus, G. H. (1995). Landmarks of twentieth-century design: an illustrated handbook. Abbeville Press.

More Chairs

  • Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen (1957)

    Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen (1957)

    Saarinen faced the problem of trying to treat the leg structurally and visually as part of the reinforced-plastic moulded seat shell with the help of a research team from the Knoll firm led by Donald Petit. This issue had plagued him since he and Charles Eames conducted their first experiments with moulded seat shells.Read More →

  • Bloemenwerf Side Chair (1895) designed by Henry de Velde

    Bloemenwerf Side Chair featured image

    Bloemenwerf, Henry Van de Velde’s property outside Brussels, is the inspiration for this chair. Van de Velde planned and built the house and the interior—from the furniture to the wallpaper—resulting in a holistic design that exemplified the concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk “total work of art”. Read More →

  • Thomas Molesworth (1890 – 1977) an American furniture designer

    Thomas Molesworth armchairs

    Molesworth ranch style furniture has inspired contemporary Western furniture designers such as Jim Covert, Jeff Morris and Marc Tagesger with its large brass pads, Native American motifs and wildfire imagery.Read More →

  • Chair No.14, 1855 by Michael Thonet

    Chair no.14 by Michael Thonet

    Bentwood furniture was not invented by Michael Thonet (1798-1871), but he perfected a method for mass production. In 1819, in Boppard, Germany, he opened his cabinetmaking business, and by 1840 he had invented the steam-softening technique for bending rods of hardwood into flowing yet structurally solid shapes. There are just six sections and screws in his all-time classic, Model No.14. Read More →

  • Dino Gavina (1922 – 2007) Italian Furniture Entrepreneur

    Dino Gavina

    He founded the firm Gavina in Foligno in 1960 as a subsidiary of his Dino Gavina company. Architect-designer Carlo Scarpa was appointed its titular president. The designs of Franco Albini and the earlier 1920s models of Marcel Breuer were reproduced. Breuer’s 1928 B32 chair, renamed Cesca (after Breuer’s daughter Francesca), became highly successful in mass production and was followed by the reissue of the 1925 Wassily chair, 1924 Laccio tables, 1935 bentwood chaise, and 1955 Canaan desk.Read More →

  • Ray Eames an American Designer

    Ray Eames

    Ray Eames (b. Bernice Alexandra Kaiser 1912-88) was an American designer. She was born in Sacramento, California. She was the wife of Charles Eames. Read More →

  • Mezzadro Chair – a nod to Italian Agriculture

    Mezzadro Chair

    Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni were not the first twentieth-century designers to consider the tractor seat in relation to sophisticated furniture production: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe used it for the Conchoidal chairs he conceived during the early 1940s. Read More →

  • Konstantin Achkov (b.1973) and ‘tensegrity’ designed furniture

    Frame Chairs designed by Konstantin Achkov

    The form of the chairs is influenced by traditional frame construction, like that of the Eiffel tower. Specific sides form the base, where every element of the furniture puzzle is assembled only using puzzle joints without glue, nails, screws or bolts.Read More →

  • Marc Newson’s Aluminum Chair for Knoll

    Marc Newson Chair for Knoll

    Honoring the cantilevered chairs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Newson Aluminum Chair, 90 years later, is a forward-looking expression that synthesizes simplicity, material and precision, in the Modernist tradition.Read More →

  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 – 1969) German architect and designer

    Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe featured image

    Between 1905 and 1907, he worked as an apprentice to architect and furniture designer Bruno Paul in Berlin, where he studied wooden furniture design. He created furniture for all of his early homes, including the Werner residence.Read More →

  • Emilio Ambasz Argentine architect and designer

    Flashlights 1983 by Emilio Ambasz

    Emilio Ambasz is an Argentinean who studied architecture at Princeton University from 1960 to 1965, worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York from 1970 to 1975 as Curator of Design arranged the landmark Italy: The New Domestic Landscape Exhibition in 1972.Read More →

  • Gaetano Pesce (b.1939 ) Italian architect, designer and sculptor

    Gaetano Pesce featured image

    He established an office in Padua, where he became a founding member of Gruppo N in 1959. He experimented with programmed art and collaborated with Gruppo Zero in Germany, Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel in Paris (then known as Motus), and Gruppo T in Milan. Read More →

  • Eames Chair Review: We Tested the Lounge Chair and Ottoman

    Eames Chair replica

    First developed by lifelong couple and design partners Charles and Ray Eames in 1956, the lounge chair was the duo’s interpretation of a 19th-century club chair—designed to resemble a worn first baseman’s mitt and made of high-quality materials like supple leather, wood veneer, and cast aluminum.Read More →

  • S533 Cantilever Chair timeless elegance

    Thonet Cantilever Chair

    Technology is transformed into furniture, and an eye-catching invention is transformed into a beautiful interior design product. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was the first to give the cantilever chair a light aesthetic and use curved lines to tie it to its surroundings.Read More →

  • Ini Archibong’s debut collection for Sé explores delicacy and strength

    The series, also known as Collection IV by the brand, was released over a two-year period. It is the Nigerian American designer’s first collaboration with Sé and his most extensive furniture collection to date.Read More →

  • Leolux LX Armchair of High Comfort

    Leolux LXR10 featured image

    and comfortable armchair. The walnut or oak wooden plywood shell, upholstered in fabric or leather, is the focal point. Customization is also possible with the aluminium swivel base. For that ultimate touch, this can be completed in polished aluminium or an Epoxy colour.Read More →

  • Girly Feminine Pink Chair Furniture Designs 🌸

    The gentle tones wonderfully complement the comfy cushions, creating what the designer refers to as “uterine sensuality.” Memory foam is used to make the pillows, which reminds us of safety, rest, and the future in keeping with the design’s maternal motif. The base is composed of polished aluminium and is uneven in shape, much like the entire chair design. This is a must-see for everyone who likes one-of-a-kind items. Read More →

  • Best Meditation Chair With Back Support 🧘

    Meditation Chair featured image

    Back discomfort can be alleviated by using meditation chairs. They offer support as well as comfort to the user and are available in several styles. Most will have a cushioned seat for the user’s comfort, and many will come with a backrest for added support during the workout.Read More →

  • Shoe Chair by Birgit Jürgenssen

    Shoe Chair featured image

    Birgit Jürgenssen works with constellations and interactions influenced by gender-specific projections, physicality, and identification. Her affiliation in the feminist-oriented group DIE DAMEN (with Evelyne Egerer, Birgit Jürgenssen, ONA B., Ingeborg Strobl, and Lawrence Weiner) aided her in placing her objects between everyday life and role play. Read More →

  • Favela Armchair by the Campana Brothers

    Favela Armchair

    They began designing products together in 1983, using waste, wood scraps, cardboard, rope, and other materials.Read More →

  • Muffy VanderBear Portrait Chair

    Muffy VanderBear Portrait Chair

    Barbara Isenberg of New York inspected store inventories of soft toys in the mid-1970s and found them deficient. Isenberg wanted a teddy bear for her small kid that had the same quality, charm, and cozy textures as the ones she remembered from her youth. Read More →

  • Paulistano Chair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

    Paulistano Chair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

    A “pudding chair” that is comfortable to sit in and is flexible in all directions, including laterally. When designing this chair, the architect had that in mind. Read More →

  • Armchair (1949) designed by Hans J. Wegner

    Armchair 1949, Hans J. Wegner

    He simplified the chair’s structure so that the sculpted backrest and arms form one continuous element. The turned legs rigidly support the deep seat rail and top piece without the need for stretchers, combining an expressive form that draws on Chinese precedents with natural materials and a rationally conceived design destined for the most exacting factory manufacture.Read More →

  • Red and Blue Armchair by Gerrit Rietveld

    Red and Blue Armchair by Gerrit Rietveld

    The Red and Blue Chair’s visual impact has ensured that it will always be a staple image in any history of twentieth-century design. It has become a metaphor for the Modern Movement along with the Schröder home.Read More →

  • Hanging Loop Chair by Lee Broom

    Hanging Loop Chair

    Hanging Loop Chair by Lee Broom. Suspended from above, two brass plated steel circular hoops join to create – Hanging Hoop Chair. Read More >Read More →

  • Dwell and Gear Patrol detail the Wassily Chair and Bertoia Diamond Chair

    Wassily Chair by Marcel Bruer featured image

    The chair shown in Dwell is the Wassily Chair. Inspired by a bicycle frame’s functional design, apprentice Marcel Bruer reduced the classic club chair to its elemental lines and planes using tubular steel.Read More →

  • Ron Arad Israeli industrial designer and artist

    Misfits chair by Ron Arad featured image

    Ron Arad is an Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architectural designer. He is professionally active in the United Kingdom. Israeli-born Arad studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art in 1971 before moving to London in 1973 to study at the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture. From 1974 to 1979, he was one of Britain’s most globally known and individual designers.Read More →

  • Bruno Pollack (1902 – 1985) – Austrian furniture designer

    Bruno Pollack stacking chair

    Pollack invented a tubular steel stacking chair, model RP7, which was manufactured from c1932 and revolutionised auditorium seating with its stacking concept. Cox, a British furniture maker, was embroiled in a legal battle with rival Pel in 1934 over the Rp6 stacking chair, which Pel had bought the rights from Pollack.Read More →

  • Francis Jourdain (1876 – 1958) – painter, furniture maker, interior designer, ceramicist

    Francis Jourdain featured image

    Francis Jourdain (1876 – 1958), the son of architect Frantz Jourdain, was born on November 2, 1876. His father created the Salon d’Automne collection. He benefited from his parents’ friendships with prominent intellectuals (Émile Zola, Alphonse Daudet) and artists of the time (the circle of Alexandre Charpentier). Read More →

  • New Classic Furniture Morocco Dining Chair with Cushion, Set of 2, Dark Gray

    New Classic Furniture Morocco Dining Chair. Featured Image

    Dining chair: dining chairs expertly constructed from Walnut, rubberwood solids, and veneers for high-quality, long-lasting dining room furniture Read More →

  • The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details

    Quality matters. Just as a home’s foundation should be built to stand the test of time, so, too, should the furniture, objects, and elements of our rooms speak to an enduring sense of beauty and comfort. They should outlast trends and our loving day-to-day use. But how does one recognize quality and judge whether something is well made?Read More →

  • Naoto Fukasawa’s Latest Chair Dials Into Our Unconscious Behavior

    Naoto Fukasawa’s Latest Chair

    It’s no coincidence that modern design history is told by chairs rather than cars, typefaces, or home appliances. So many extraordinary chairs were borne from innovative use of materials, a microcosm of objets d’art that take us through a series of key technological episodes in the evolution of design.Read More →

  • Gerrit Thomas Rietveld – Dutch architect and furniture designer

    Buegel chair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

    Gerrit Thomas Rietveld was a Dutch architect and furniture maker, and designer. He was bornRead More →

  • Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961) Finnish | American architect designer

    Gateway arch by Eero Saarinen

    Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961) Finnish architect. He was born in Kirkkonummi. He was professionally active in the USA. The son of Eliel and Loja Saarinen.Read More →

  • Peter van der Waals (1870 – 1937) Dutch Furniture Designer

    Peter van de Waals bookcase

    Peter van der Waals is a Dutch furniture designer and maker; active Britain. He studied in The Hague, Brussels, Berlin, and Vienna and from 1899, London. Read More →

  • The Klapp Foldable High Chair – Coming Soon

    The Klapp high chair

    Norway-based brand KAOS , known for their Scandinavian designs and affordable prices, is gearing up to launch their latest product, the Klapp designed in collaboration with product designer Ole Petter Wullum. Available in solid oak and oak veneer in three colourways, this high chair folds up into a slim profile for easy storage and features step ladders that allow kids to climb up and down themselves.Read More →

  • Shimmer Chair by Gary Marinko

    Shimmer Table and Chair

    The Shimmer Chair creation was a result of a joint partnership between the University ofRead More →

  • Counterpoise Plywood Chair With A Flowing Silhouette

    Counterpoise plywood chair designed by Kaptura de Aer

    The Counterpoise Plywood Chair is a creative bent plywood chair with a flowing silhouette andRead More →

  • Got Color? Try Fragment by Arc-Com

    Fragment is one of the newest collections of textiles by United States-based textile and wallRead More →

  • The Original Leopard Parsons Chairs. An Epilogue

    Note: It’s been over five years since I designed these leopard parsons chairs and theyRead More →

  • 51 Lounge Chairs That Every Book Lover Dreams About

    A place to enjoy a good read, a retreat from a busy day, or simplyRead More →

  • Poltrona Frau Launches the Cove Chair That Gives Privacy in Public Spaces

    Lloyd, a system of storage units and bookcases, with variable geometries. A series of thinRead More →

  • Leather Look Chair by Painter in Residence Jonathon Marc Mendes!

    Can you believe that this stunning leather look chair actually started life like the pictureRead More →

  • Barbana Chair by Arteriors

    New collections by Arteriors include some elegant furniture pieces, many of which work especially wellRead More →

  • the great escape, a collection of furniture made of aluminum ladders, by PZZL

    designed by the french collective PZZL, ‘the great escape’ is a collection of furniture madeRead More →

  • See How the Design of Chairs, Beds and Sofas Have Evolved Through History

    via Angie’s List Evidence suggests that furniture was used as far back as the NeolithicRead More →

  • dull to colorful: a rusty metal chair!

    We’ve shown you how to spruce up a vintage end table and an old wicker chair. Today, we’reRead More →

  • Galaktika Armchair: Artistic Multi-functional Chair for Airport VIP Lounges

    Submitted by Vasil Velchev, this project is called Galaktika. It is an armchair that is designed especiallyRead More →

  • Robot successfully assembles an Ikea chair

    Fittingly using only off-the-shelf components, a team of researchers in Singapore built a robot capableRead More →

  • Stephen Burks uses Bolon textiles to create tufted chairs for BD Barcelona Design

    American designer Stephen Burks explains how he collaborated with Bolon and BD Barcelona Design to createRead More →

  • konstantin grcic’s CUP chair for plank draws from the design of plastic shell suitcases

    during the 2018 edition of milan design week, konstantin grcic has continued his longstanding collaborationRead More →

  • How the Eames Lounge Chair is Made

    This video is unfortunately peppered with MarketingSpeak–in particular you can skip the first two minutesRead More →

  • You Can Build Your Own Grass-Covered Armchair With This DIY Kit

    Do you hate how Adirondack chairs feel? Maybe you enjoy putting your feet in theRead More →

  • Lara Bohinc takes cues from celestial forms for first seating collection

      British designer Lara Bohinc was inspired by the shapes of planets and their circularRead More →

You may also be interested in

Walter Kantack (1889 – 1953) – American Lighting Designer

Walter Kantack was an American Lighting Designer born in Meriden, Connecticut. He completed his studies at the Pratt Institute in New York. Kantack worked in the drafting room of the Edward F. Caldwell decorating firm in New York. In 1915 he began working at sterling Bronze as a designer.

Otto Wagner (1841 – 1918) Austrian architect and designer

Architect Otto Wagner was one of the leading figures in the Vienna Secession. After studying architecture at the Vienna Technical High School (1857-1860) and the Vienna Academy (1861-183), he worked in various historical styles for many years until he joined the Secession.

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.