Barbican Tower Flat

brutalist masterpiece

Over the past 10 years the Thomson brothers have had the dream job of working on a variety of interior design projects on one of our favourite brutalist buildings, the Barbican. The Barbican is a residential estate built during the 1960s and is a prominent example of British concrete brutalist architecture. We have had the pleasure of working with the them on a number of projects and on their most recent project, a tower flat, we have supplied some iconic lights and furniture. Here are some images of the pieces in situ looking great.

Barbican Flat
Stunning view from the desk, love the Eames fabric on the Eames Office chair
 
Love the Tulip Table and Foscarini Chouchin light
Love the Tulip Table and Foscarini Chouchin light
Simple White kitchen with a splash of colour in the form of Foscarini Chouchin Light and Tulip chairs in green
Simple White kitchen with a splash of colour in the form of Foscarini Chouchin Light and Tulip chairs in green
Iconic shard in the background, nice terrace!
Iconic Shard building in the background, nice terrace!
Doesn't getanymore iconic than that - Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Knoll womb Chair
Doesn’t get any more iconic than that – Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Knoll womb Chair
Recreate this stunning look with some of our favourite products featured in the interior –

Vitra Eames Lounge chair
Foscarini Chouchin Light
Vitra LTR Table
Flos Taccia
Vitra Eames DCW Chair
Vitra Ball Clock

Hope this interior inspires you!

The Team at Cimmermann

Armchairs – Top 5 Of All Time

An armchair is an investment and we think should be something you buy once and is passed down through the generations.

Our 5 Favourites are –

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair

The most easily recognisable lounge chair and ottoman of Modern furniture design.  Charles Eames’ declared aim for this chair was to combine the utmost comfort with high-end materials and high-quality finishing. The result: a modern interpretation of the traditional club armchair boasting a convincingly well thought-out construction, right down to its tiniest details. Just as he intended, the chair conveys the impression of a soft, well-used baseball glove, inviting the user to sink back into it. This chair is a true design classic is is bought by you to be enjoyed by you and then your children, then theirs and so it goes on.

Black Eames Lounge Chair
New Black Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman – what do you think?
Eames Lounge Chair
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with a Cherry Shell and Black Leather
Ernest Race Heron Chair

A true British classsic – the Heron chair fuses exceptional comfort with dynamic sculptural form. The chair is a contemporary of similar designs by Eames and Saarinen with a British familiarity. Still made in the UK its design incorporates technically challenging upholstery techniques.

Heron Armchair
Heron armchair by Ernest Race – so simple and timeless design
Ernest Race Heron Chair
Ernest Race Heron Armchair as seen in an advert from the 1950’s
Content By Conran Glove Chair

Glove is an iconic armchair designed by the Godfather of British furniture – Terence Conran. Available in different finishes including a new anthracite shell we are sure there is something for everyone with this chair. A Design Classic of the future. The name of the chair is a reflection of the way the chair cocoons you and surrounds you. Its look is almost futuristic and gives it a very distinct appearance.

Conran Glove Armchair
Content By Conran Glove Armchair, stunning contrast with the white leather and black shell
Glove Black Chair
Glove Armchair in all black – so cool!!!
Vitra Cite Armchair

Cité armchair is one of Jean Prouvé’s early masterpieces, designed for a competition for furnishing the halls of residence at Nancy’s cité universitaire. Prouvé himself used this armchair with its dynamic appearance, its characteristic coated sheet steel rockers and broad leather arm support straps in the living room of his house. The base/frame is made of moulded sheet steel. The seat and back is in a single piece of fabric or leather with a polyurethane foam headrest cushion. The armrests are made of natural leather straps giving a soft and warm feel.

Vitra cite by Jean Prouve
Cite chair by Jean Prouve looks sublime in this setting
Cite by Jean Prouve
Vitra Cite Armchair the warmth of the leather arm straps is really highlighted in this picture
Vitra Cite
Cite Armchair simple design that will not date, only improve with age

SCP Balzac Armchair

An iconic armchair designed by British designer Matthew Hilton for SCP. Made with a solid beech frame with steel springs and elasticated webbing covered in multi-density foam with feather cushions, the comfort Balzac offers is second to none. A design that has come to epitomize SCP and their ethics. We love this armchair and as with all our other favourites your are just wearing this chair in for your children!!!

SCP Balzac chair
SCP Balzac chair in Utah Russett tan leather is a true Design Classic
SCP Balzac Armchair
Balzac against Concrete

Whichever is your favourite you cant go wrong with the design and quality our favourite Armchairs offer, we love them all.

The Team at Cimmermann

Image Credits and Links –

Ernest Race / Race Furniture

Content By Conran

Vitra

SCP

 

5 Things We Love About Vitra

Vitra the Swiss furniture giants are without doubt a favourite here at Cimmermann. Functional yet inspiring – engineering excellence fused with creative genius. Here are five things we love about them:

1.Design process

The Vitra production facilities combine engineering excellence and creativity of leading designers that marry together function, quality & inspiration. Eames, Citterio, Prouve, Jasper Morrison, Bouroullec Brothers and many more all contribute to Vitra producing the worlds most recognisable and desirable furniture. We were lucky enough to visit the Vitra Factory in October and witness first hand the degree of quality control, production testing and love that goes into each product. One room is called the furniture Torture room – imagine for yourself the stringent tests the furniture goes through in there!! We saw first hand the production of the Eames Lounge Chair, from the gluing of the springs that attach the wooden frame to the upholstered seat to the assembly of these components, all done with love by hand.

Vitra Eames Lounge Chairs
Eames Lounge Chairs waiting for assembly

2. Longevity – Design Classics

We all know and love the  DSW Chairs, Eames Lounge Chair, DSR Chairs – these are all Design Classics by Vitra. To us a Design Classic is a piece of furniture whose design has stood the test of time and looks as inspiring and beautiful as the day it was produced. Ray & Charles Eames are possibly the most prominent and inspirational designers, their furniture is so recognisable and without it furniture design would be different today – and to think their relationship with Vitra started in the 1950’s.

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
The sublime Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

3. Vitra Campus architecture

Our recent visit to the Vitra Campus allowed us to witness some amazing architecture. Rolf Felbaum the current Vitra CEO is so passionate about architecture he has recruited some of the worlds leading architects to design functional and inspiring building’s to house their production facilities, have their meetings in and showcase their furniture. Our favourite was the Zaha Hadid Fire Station or the Tadao Ando Conference Centre – both built with concrete but very different in their look and function. A real treat is the Frank Gehry building – curvy lines in abundance. The newest addition to the Vitra Campus is the SANAA Production facility, the exterior from a distance looks like a wavy fabric and shimmers a beautiful blue hue in the Swiss sunlight – simply stunning.

Vitra and SANAA
SANAA building on the Vitra Campus
Inside the Zaha Hadid Fire
Inside the Zaha Hadid Fire Station at Vitra HQ
aTadao Ando Conference Centre
Tadao Ando Conference Centre and Vegetal Chairs

4. Jean Prouve

Not so well known as Ray and Charles Eames but Jean Prouve was an astonishing designer. Prouve trained as a metal worker and was a self-taught architect and designer. His furniture designs can be quite raw and expose the workings down to their basic form. Prouve was born in 1901 in France, a major achievement of his was transferring manufacturing technology from industry to architecture and furniture, without losing aesthetic qualities. Vitra are lucky enough to work with his family and have the rights to produce and sell his furniture collection. The stand out pieces are the Standard and Standard SP Dining Chair, a beautiful combination of lacquered metal and rich wood colours. The perfect office desk for today’s laptop/tablet generation is the Compas Direction Desk, perfect in every way.

Vitra Compas Direction Desk by Jean Prouve
Vitra Compas Direction Desk in the Vitra Haus by Jean Prouve

5. The VitraHaus, Vitra’s flagship store

What more can be said about the stunning VitraHaus? Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, it is Vitra’s flagship store and home to the Vitra Home Collection. Here, you can view room sets in different design styles, which include both the great Vitra classics and the latest contemporary designs. The way the different houses seem to balance on one another is an architecture feat I think only Herzog & De Meuron know how to achieve. We would recommend a visit if you can, it is a treat for any architecture geek!

Vitra Haus
Vitra Haus, images courtesy of Dezeen
Vitrahaus roomset
Cool room set in the VitraHaus
Vitra is inspiring, no other company offers the range of products and the most unique base to create and display their stunning furniture.

The Team at Cimmermann