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Barcelona® Chair in Stainless Steel

Price: $8,291.00

Design by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1929. By Knoll.  The iconic Barcelona® Chair is extremely comfortable, eternally stylish. Created by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the German Pavilion at the 1929 Barcelona Exposition, the Barcelona... Read More
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Barcelona Chair in Stainless Steel
Price: $8,291.00

Item #: KNL-250LS

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Barcelona Stool in Stainless Steel
Price: $4,798.00

Item #: KNL-251YS

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Design by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1929.
By Knoll.

The iconic Barcelona® Chair is extremely comfortable, eternally stylish. Created by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the German Pavilion at the 1929 Barcelona Exposition, the Barcelona Chair is a modern design icon rooted in architectural style. Traditionally crafted in every detail, the Barcelona Chair is formed of a Stainless Steel frame upholstered in individual leather squares that are carefully welted together. Also available with a Chrome frame.

Product Features:

  • Recipient of the Museum of Modern Art Award, 1977
  • Frame in premium grade 304 bar stock stainless steel hand-buffed to a mirror finish
  • Offered in several different Spinneybeck leather grades, available in a broad spectrum of colors
  • Individual leather panels are cut for upholstered seat, then hand-welted
  • Seating hand-tufted with leather covered buttons
  • Panels and buttons crafted from a single hide
  • 17 straps are used for cushion support
  • Strapping is laminated to match selected leather


The Barcelona Lounge Seating Collection is Greenguard certified. KnollStudio logo and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's signature stamped into the frame of each piece. Exclusive manufacturing and sales rights accorded to Knoll by the designer in 1953.


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Material(s): Stainless steel with leather


  • 29.5"W X 30"D X 30.25"H
  • Seat Height: 17"H

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5 out of 5

By: GM, Homeowner (Seattle, WA)

The Barcelona Chair in bar stainless steel made by Knoll is perfect in every way. I bought two in l978 and they have been in my livingroom ever since. I take good care of them and they look as fresh as the day they arrived. My appreciation of Mies' des

5 out of 5

All expectations fulfilled, just excellent to look at and sit on

By: PN, Homeowner (Woodside, CA)

When buying a Barcelona chair one needs to make several decisions. First of all, should one buy a copy or the licensed Knoll. I can only say, that there is a difference, the Knoll just offers the best quality you can get. Everything is made to perfection. I have seen many copies, from Italy, from China etc. None would reach this quality. Second choice, stainless steel or chrome. I was doing some research trying to find out about the difference apart from the price. As the stainless steel is made from one piece, it is made to live forever. We know some people that have their Barcelonas for more 40 years and the chairs are still in very good shape. These are stainless steels from Knoll. Today, in Germany you can only get chrome, which is also the original chair made for the Barcelona Pavillion. It was changed inbetween to stainless steel and then back, mainly because the stainless steel version would be too expensive. We decided to go for stainless steel. The hand polished steel looks awsome, more elegant than chrome (we have an Eileen Gray side table in chrome next to the chairs). Next choice, which leather. We selected Sabrina which is smooth but still strong and can be used with kids. It feels so soft. Volo looks pretty cheap and more like a copy. Make use of getting the samples from YLiving, it will give you some picture on what to expect. And finally, what color. We were looking for some of the early Cognac color and found it with Sabrina Monarch. Interstingly it seems like that color is not available anymore which would be a minus. Luckily we already bought two. Whenever we have visitors they immediately talk about the Barcelonas and want to sit on them. It was a lot of money spent, but it is worth.

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Designer: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began his career working in his father's stonemasonry business. After an apprenticeship with furniture designer Bruno Paul in Berlin, he joined the office of architect Peter Behrens, whose work presaged the modern movement. In 1912, Mies established his own office in Berlin, and later became a member of the Deutscher Werkbund and Director of the Bauhaus. He immigrated to the United States in 1938, setting up a practice in Chicago. His buildings include the German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona Exposition, the Tugendhat Villa in Brno, Czechoslovakia, the Seagram Building, designed with Philip Johnson, a cluster of residential towers along Chicago's Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, where he was the director of architecture.

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Manufacturer: Knoll

Brand Beginnings Knoll was founded in 1938 by Hans and Florence Knoll who sought to create new types of furniture and environments for the home and workplace. Their approach was to join craftsmanship with technology through the use of design and to create beautiful home furnishings that stood the test of time visually, functionally and practically. The pair sought out designers willing to change the landscape of modern design, daring to ask how furniture could work better. These landmark collaborations, with pioneering modernists like Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia and Richard Schultz built a brand that today contains many of the hallmarks of modern design.

Knoll Today Knoll enjoys brand recognition throughout the world for its modern classics as well as groundbreaking new products formulated under new deigner partnerships. Few companies can match the array of Knoll products, which combine a modernist aesthetic with residential appeal. This point of view nurtured by Florence Knoll, has become the trademark of Knoll design. Today, it connects to a new generation seeking workplaces and homes that are comfortable for and beautiful for everyday living.

A Signature Piece The highly coveted Barcelona® Chair is, with little doubt, the signature Knoll piece. Designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it is one of the most recognized objects of the last century, and an icon of the modern movement. Skilled craftsman construct this exquisite chair by hand every day. From leather produced from a single cowhide, 40 individual leather panels are cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather buttons to upholster the chair. Premium cushions are highly resilient with a down-like softness that surrounds the sitter in luxurious comfort. Cushions are suspended by upholstery straps in cowhide belting leather over a metal frame that is hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish. Meticulously detailed, Barcelona continues to appeal to customers worldwide some 85 years after its introduction.

Why Knoll? The Knoll names offers a rich design history – a legacy of iconic designers and inventive new collaborations. Their focus on quality and responsible manufacturing means that each piece transcends multiple generations in both use and appeal. Knoll offers furniture, accessories, textiles, felts and leathers that stimulate the senses and allow you to express who you are and what you value. They take great pride in creating the best possible product and the happiest possible customer.

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