Carlo Bugatti’s Cobra chair gets a 21st century upgrade

King Cobra

Though we tend to associate the Bugatti name with supercars, the family’s talent has long reached beyond the automotive realm. The clan of artisans includes not only Ettore, the founder of Automobiles E. Bugatti (now known simply as Bugatti), but also his artist-and-designer father, Carlo, and his brother Rembrandt, a sculptor. One piece of their impressive design legacy is Carlo’s groundbreaking Cobra chair from 1902, a sculptural wood seat that suggests a snake in its hood-flared pose.

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Now a modern version of the chair is making its debut. Created by the Luxury Living Group as part of the new Bugatti Home collection, the Cobra evokes a snake’s posture but also boasts contemporary styling inspired by the Bugatti Chiron. The chair’s frame is a single piece of blue carbon fiber that, save for the seat back, is covered in Cognac leather (other leather options are available). Designed for Luxury Living by another Carlo – the Italian designer Carlo Colombo – in collaboration with Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé, the Cobra (price upon request) also bears the auto marque’s blue leather piping and EB monogram.

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Published November 5, 2016
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