The Bagdad Café bench and chair constitute a daring proposal that pushes to the limit the use of precision-bent sheet steel with a thickness of 8 mm. The sheet steel properties ensure that the profile becomes a continuous line while the material becomes a texture. Both shapes emerge almost simultaneously from a fleeting but fertile encounter between 20th century visual references and the construction potential of sheet steel.
Bagdad Café wes its name to the haphazard construction of the film with the same name that tells of a friendship between two women. Jasmine, a lonely German woman, arrives at a dingy motel built of sheet metal in the Mohave Desert (USA) and decides to transform the run-down building into a popular venue.
The elementary character of this bench and chair series favours its integration into its surroundings. This quality enables its use to be extended to historical areas where the textures and atmospheres generated by the superimposing of cultures and times do not accept the use of just any material or shape.
It is made from a single sheet of machined, welded zinc plated steel with a thickness of 8 mm. With a powder coated “Cor-ten effect” finish. It may be installed directly on the paving and anchored with M16 x 140 mm threaded bolts screwed into 40 mm openings previously created on the paving and filled with epoxy resin or fat mortar.