The Furniture Files – The Wassily Chair

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There are many variables that contribute to a beautifully designed space and that includes the furniture that is placed within the room.  There are some styles of furniture that have really captured my attention, some are Instagram favourites while others are a little less mainstream but equally fantastic.  Many times I find myself wanting to know more about them, it’s history or it’s backstory so to speak so I present to you The Furniture Files!  

The Wassily Chair is the star of today’s Furniture Files post.  Easily recognizable and a popular Instagram star in its own right, the Wassily Chair is has experienced waves of popularity since it was first designed in 1926.  Originally known as the B3 model chair, it was designed by Marcel Breuer while he was at the Bauhaus in Dessau Germany as head of the cabinet making workshop. 7226F2FF-72BB-4560-A492-07272EF9D8FC

The painter Wassily Kandinsky was at the Bauhaus at the same time as Breuer and greatly admired the design of the B3 model chair.  He loved it so much that Breuer had a duplicate chair made for Kandinsky.  The B3 model chair didn’t become known as the Wassily chair until decades later when the design was re-released by the Italian furniture manufacturer Gavina.  Thru their research of the chair, Gavina learned of the Kandinsky connection with the chair and decided to release it under a new name – The Wassily Chair

The first version of the Wassily chair designed by Marcel Breuer along with a tubular steel furniture collection, was inspired by the construction of a bicycle and used the techniques of local plumbers. Breuer had recently purchased his first bicycle and the lightness of the tubular steel frame inspired him to experiment with the material in furniture design. Breuer’s first designs which includes the Wassily chair have become icons within the style of modern furniture and are some of the most easily identifiable.   Of all of the different versions of the Wassily chair that have been produced, the Thonet version is known to be the most rare as it went out of production during World War II. FD6BE589-4B63-4592-91E6-2438201C6779

What makes this chair so popular is the use of the materials which include bent, tubular steel and eisengarn (aka iron yard) along with its manufacturing methods.  When it was first produced, the Wassily chair was first available in both a folding and non-folding version.  In early versions, the straps were made of fabric that were pulled taut along the back of the chair with the use of springs. 781D76CC-A603-4A2A-9B4C-91E0AB92EC0F

The Wassily chair has been mass produced since the 1920’s and has continuously been in production since the 1950’s.  While the name Wassily Chair has been trademarked by Knoll of New York City, there are many reproductions being produced and marketed around the world by other manufacturers under different names.  I personally love  the Wassily Chair as I love the modern, elegant and industrial look of it.  I have always gravitated to a steel and leather combination so the Wassily Chair fits my tastes perfectly.  My favourite colour though is a buttery camel colour instead of the popular black leather, I find that it adds a softness to the look of the chair while making it look more welcoming, comfortable and elegant.  

What do you think of the Wassily Chair?  Would you consider adding it to you space.  Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today!  I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

Photo Credits: http://www.steelform.com, http://www.chairish.com, http://www.eternitymodern.ca, http://www.interiorcom.com

Retail Restoration – Acne Studios Flagship Store Stockholm

I love a good restoration and I especially love one with a great backstory, which is why I am so excited about today’s project. Acne Studios recently unveiled their newly restored flagship store in Stockholm and it is gorgeous!

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Located in a former bank, this building has quite the backstory. In 1973 there was a well known six day hostage crisis at the bank. The aftermath of the hostage situation resulted in the famous psychological term known as “Stockholm Syndrome”.

Barcelona based architecture firm Arquitectura- G is behind the newly unveiled restoration and they were clearly the perfect partner for Acne Studios as the final result is minimal and quiet luxury, exactly like the brand’s well known aesthetic.

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The original design of the building included marble columns and after stripping everything back to it’s bare bones, Arquitectura-G choose to enhance the neo-classic design by adding additional columns to areas such as the fitting rooms. By painting the walls the same colour as the columns, the final result is a monumental marble lovers dream land. To complete the stunning marble design, British furniture designer Max Lamb created five oversized marble tables which have been place throughout the shopping area of the store.

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To sharply contrast with the grandiose design and material throughout the space, sleek and minimal office style lighting designed Benoit Lalloz was used. I love how it balances out the space and elevates the design from looking too heavy.

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This space is an Acne shoppers dream, offering an elevated yet cool environment to shop for the gorgeous offerings that Acne produces season after season.

What do you think of this design? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today and I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

All images via http://www.yellowtrace.com.au

Relaxing Reverie

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Like most people, 2020 has been a challenging year for me. And with those challenges have come lessons that I am grateful to have learned or that I am in the process of learning and understanding. How to slow down has been the most important of all of these lessons as it has taught me patience and to understand what is truly important to me. It has also allowed me to get comfortable with quiet and stillness, two things that I have often struggled with. Lately though, I find myself enjoying simple and quiet moments which is why today’s Relaxing Reverie really resonated with me.
This simple concrete bungalow located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the perfect example why bigger and expensive does not always mean better. Built with a budget of only $38,000(!) this retreat is simple yet sophisticated and seems like the perfect place to relax.

Designed by PALMA, as Mexico City based design firm, this 50 square metre building is functional and contemporary and blends well within it’s environment. I have always loved simple concrete structures as they perfectly showcase the beauty of brutalist style design and this building is no exception.


The bungalow is comprised of two cubic volumes, one which houses the bedroom and the other the living room and kitchen. The cubes are separated by a open patio. The brutalist style of the bungalow is softened with a thatched roof. This style of roof is quite common within the region as it is an efficient and inexpensive way to encourage ventilation which helps to naturally cool down the interior. Folding doors in both the bedroom and living areas also helps to enhance the ventilation further. Along with a circular skylight on the patio, the folding doors also help the residents to enjoy the views of the surrounding area.

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Like the simple aesthetic of the exterior, the interior of the bungalow has been kept minimal with a muted palette of grey and natural wood with the exception of a statement red built in day bed. Stucco was used in place of paint in order to avoid any humidity build up within the walls (which I had never heard of before but I think that it’s genius!). Uncluttered and simple, this bungalow looks like the perfect place to escape, relax and rejuvenate and get back to a simple more thoughtful way of living.

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Would you like to escape to a simple bungalow like this one? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting Stylishly Zen today and I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

All images from http://www.yatzer.com

Inspiring Interior

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I have been a fan of stylist Monica Rose for a few years. I love her ability to mix basics with beautiful textures and tones, resulting in looks that are best described as polished, cool and effortlessly layered. When Monica was styling her new home a while ago she turned to Julie Van Daele of Well Recieved. I have been a fan of Julie’s work for a long time and her design style complements Monica’s perfectly.

This project was recently profiled in Lonny magazine and it is everything that I expected and more. The natural colour palette layered with beautiful and sophisticated textiles, this home is a soothing refuge from a chaotic world.

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I love the combination of cream, black and cognac and the mix of leather and wood throughout the home gives it a warm masculine vibe that is timelessly cool.

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There are many things that I love about this home but my absolute favourite is the gorgeous wood dining table paired with reupholstered vintage dining chairs. The metal frame on the two end chairs is eye catching and edgy and creates an unexpected but cool visual interest within the space. Love it!

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Just as you would expect from a stylist to the stars and a very talented designer, this house is filled with gorgeous Instagramable furniture.  The Line Reset Togo sofa paired with the Flag Hayland chair creates a cool living space that is both welcoming and photograph worthy.  The black marble block coffee table and vintage wood stools as side tables are the perfect accent pieces to such lust worthy furniture.   

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The use of beautifully textured area rugs throughout the home create intimate spaces to enjoy and the addition of plants of different sizes helps to bring a touch of nature and colour within each space.

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This LA abode is a fitting for a talented A-list stylist and perfectly captures her style. It’s yet another example why Well Received is one of my favourite American interior designers.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today and I hope that you have a wonderful day! XXS

All images were photographed by Michelle Mosqueda for Well Received via http://www.lonny.com

Inspiring Interiors – A Dreamy Parisian Apartment

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Ever since I watched Emily in Paris, my case of wanderlust has gone into overdrive. And while sadly there are no travel plans in my near future, that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming about exploring new and beautiful places and enjoying new designs. Today’s Inspiring Interior is one of the coolest apartments that I have seen in a very long time. Apartment TP by Studio Arthur Casas is a dreamy elegant refuge from the busy streets of Paris.

Despite being filled with beautiful, sculptural furniture, it is a practical and welcoming family home. Bold black cabinetry, a marble backsplash and light natural chevron floors work beautifully together to encourage gatherings in the open concept kitchen. The contrasting extension added to the kitchen island to work as a dining table makes great use of a smaller space without things feeling overcrowded.

Wood beams throughout the open plan kitchen and living room adds a rustic warmth to the space. The layout of the living room carries thru the spacious feeling of the kitchen. Filled with natural light and tastefully decorated, this living room is currently serving as inspiration for my own space.

Even the cute office nook makes perfect use of a small space.

Bold oversized artwork creates interest throughout the apartment making the space feel even larger.

The colour palette and sculptural furniture extends to the bedroom with the lighter tones taking centre stage. It is a calming and comfortable oasis to encourage rest and relaxation. Love it!

I love the dreamy design of this gorgeous Parisian apartment. The elegant colour palette, combined with intelligent design and beautiful sculptural furniture is everything that I could ever want in my dream Parisian apartment.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today, I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

All images from http://www.yellowtrace.com.au