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Design by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1929.
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.
For the upholstery, individual leather panels are cut, hand-welted and hand-tufted with leather covered buttons. Panels and buttons are crafted from a single hide. And strapping is laminated to match selected leather. Select from five different Spinneybeck leather-grades available in a broad spectrum of colors.
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.
Material(s): Stainless steel with leather
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.
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.View other products by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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