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Barcelona 'Comfort' Chair

By Knoll


  • Description

    In 1929, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed a chair with a single concept in mind. His Barcelona® Chair, created for the German Pavilion at the Barcelona World Exposition, stood for the synthesis of old and new: it blended the comfort of home with the thrill of innovation.

    The new comfort version of the Barcelona chair is the result of the study of the Knoll historical archive. The Glass House or Johnson house, built in 1949 in New Canaan, Connecticut, was designed by Philip Johnson as his own residence. The Glass House is furnished primarily with designs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, manufactured exclusively by Knoll since 1953. The designs for the chairs around the dining table and at the desk come from the Tugendhat residence in Brno, Czech Republic, in 1930. The iconic living area includes Mies' glass topped table, two Barcelona chairs, an ottoman and couch.

  • Technical Info

    W:75 x D:77 x H:43/77cm

    To create the new Barcelona 'comfort' chair, the foam composition inside the cushions was completely redesigned and it's now made of different densities to give a 'plumper' look and also a softer, more comfortable feel when you sit down. The cushions are no longer attached by press studs at the top so they closely follow the curved line of the frame to give a more relaxed look. They are attached with a leather 'hinge' at the bottom of the cushion which stops the cushion falling forward.

    The chair is available in a luxurious new aniline leather 'Venezia' which has a soft, natural look and feel. Venezia leather is available in 5 colours.

    Base in steel hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish.

    The KnollStudio logo and signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are stamped into the leg.

  • 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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    • Venezia leather - Black
    • Venezia leather - Brown
    • Venezia leather - Dark Brown
    • Venezia leather - Ivory
    • Venezia leather - Natural

  • Delivery

    7-8 weeks
    Made to order item

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