You won’t find a sisal rug in architect Robert Simeoni’s home, but you will find a Barcelona chair. Simeoni’s original tan-coloured Barcelona Chair was purchased on the secondary market four years ago, with the appropriate papers to support it being manufactured in Germany in the 1950s. “It was the softness of the colour,” Robert Simeoni says, who placed the chair in an alcove on the first-floor landing of his Italianate terrace in inner-city Melbourne. “It’s the perfect spot as a reading chair,” he says, who enjoys it being aligned to a window overlooking a laneway.
Robert Simeoni, as with many architects, has always admired the Barcelona Chair, apart from its clean lines and comfort. “I see this chair as following the lineage of significant chairs, whether they be from the Italian Renaissance or from an earlier Egyptian time. Even when I’m not reading in it, I still receive the same pleasure from simply walking past,” he adds.