Warning it's a design! You might not pay attention to that, but Archicad has more than just a set of furnishing items in the standard library available in each Archicad from scratch. Archicad is originally made by architects for architects, so that means that they couldn't leave you without great references. And now each Archicad user can place a time-tested design element to their design project.
So let's explore the standard library and find out what are these items and why they are that famous.
Mackintosh Hill House Chair
Designer: Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Designed 1902 for the Hill House project in Scotland, from which it takes its name, its linear geometric shape suggests the minimalism and abstract graphic techniques of Japanese design combining symbolic and figurative values in a single, distinctive piece of furniture with great stage presence. An iconic chair, a timeless design furnishing made entirely of solid wood that accurately reflects the style of the Scottish master Mackintosh. This ageless piece is still considered an authentic treatise on spatial intricacy.
Designer: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich.
Originally this chair was designed for the for the German Pavilion at the International Exposition of 1929, hosted by Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Its design is inspired by the "X" shapes of Egyptian folding chairs and Roman folding stools, and was intended to elevate these humble designs into a throne worthy of royalty. It’s still one of the most well-known chair designs on the planet and that's why you can find it in Archicad's standard library!
Eames Sofa & Chairs
Designer: Charles & Ray Eames.
Charles Ormand Eames Jr. and Bearnice Alexandra “Ray” Kaiser are probably one of the most famous couples in design and there's a really huge chance that you've seen their artwork: design, architecture, filmmaking, and furniture. Designed in 1950 their Eames Molded Shell Chair is made of two parts "a surface to receive the body, and a structure to hold that surface in proper relation to the ground". New plastic and fiberglass chairs were a revolution solution at that time. The other item available in Archicad, 3473 Sofa, referred to in some catalogs as the “Three-Passenger Sofa,” had some genuinely innovative features—like an aluminum frame whose cross-section graduated from round to elliptical.
Le Corbusier Armchair & Sofa
Designer: Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier), Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand.
These 3 items are a part of avant-garde furniture named LC Collection, released in 1928 for the Paris Autumn Salon. All members of the LC collection play with different materials and with the ratio of lightness, monumentality and aesthetics which results from the strict, function-oriented appraisal of the subject. The aim of the LC collection was to design pieces of furniture that were ideal for complete physical and emotional relaxation. While working on the objects, Le Corbusier successfully applied his Modular architectural philosophy, which puts human needs at the centre of each design project. And now each Archicad user can put Le Corbusier's furniture to their project.
Designer: Arne Jacobsen
Arne Jacobsen was very productive both as an architect and as a designer. At the end of the 1950's he designed the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, which introduced the Egg, the Swan, the Swan sofa and Series 3300 to the design world. The Swan Chair with its inviting shape ensures high seating comfort and relaxation while reading and sitting together with family, friends or work colleagues. The armrests and the backrest of Swan resemble the body shape of the majestic birds. It remains even more relevant today as it was in 1958.
Designer: Marcel Breuer.
Designed in 1925 Wassily chair also has another name – Model B3. Bruer was a tutor at the Bauhaus at the time when he made a duplicate of the original for famed artist Wassily Kandinsky. Inspired by bike handlebars Bruer realized that tubular steel could also be used to create furniture – which was revolutionary. The result is a frame that’s like the ghost of an over-stuffed gentlemens’ club chair – just the skeleton, without all the unnecessary padding. And yet, every bit as comfortable.
Red and Blue Chair
Designer: Gerrit Rietveld.
The original chair was constructed of unstained beech wood and was not painted until the early 1920s. Fellow member of De Stijl and architect, Bart van der Leck, saw his original model and suggested that he add bright colors (red, yellow, blue). The effect of this color scheme made the chair seem to almost disappear against the black walls and floor of the Rietveld Schröder House, where it was later placed. The areas of color appeared to float, giving it an almost transparent structure.
POÄNG by Ikea
Designer: Noboru Nakamura.
Designed 50 years ago this chair didn't go out of style – it became one of the most popular chairs the world has ever seen! Noboru looked to make a chair that helps let off the sitter's stress by gently swinging. To create this swing, Noboru worked with a then-unorthodox construction technique that employs thinly layered wood, glued together, then gently heated so it can be set in place.
Designer: Jony Ive and others
Archicad was originally developed for the Apple Lisa and that's one of the reasons why you can find Apple items in standard library. Even more, there's a Steve Jobs' sculpture in GRAPHISOFT park in Budapest, Hungary. At the same time, Archicad is still one of the best BIM solutions available on both MAC and PC computers. Talking about design of the items, their appearance became iconic! Even if people are still arguing about charging point on the bottom of Magic Mouse:)
Of course, that's not all!
But this time we wanted to show you that Archicad standard library is not just a set of elements, but Iconic design which is available to every Archicad user.
And we hope that someday GRAPHISOFT will add your design furniture to the standard library. What do you think?
Wondering how to import more iconic items to your Archicad project? Find the answer in our article 👉 How to import 3D models to Archicad.