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Barcelona Chair

By Knoll


  • Description

    Mies van der Rohe was the last director of the Bauhaus before the Nazis closed the school and he fled to America. The Knoll Barcelona® Chair was designed to provide a comfortable break for the King of Spain as he visited the German Pavilion at the International Exposition of 1929. Although an exemplar of the machine style, the chair is largely hand-made: the cushions are made from 148 separate pieces of leather and the chromed stainless steel frame is hand buffed to a mirror finish. The Knoll Barcelona® Chair is one of the most imitated designs of all time. Authenticity is guaranteed by the company logo engraved on the right leg.

    Awards: The Museum of Modern Art , New York, USA, 1977

    See also Barcelona Stool

  • Technical Info

    W75 x D77 x H43/77 cm

    Lounge chair with base in steel hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish.
    Seat belting straps made from cowhide, with seat and back pad in urethane foam with dacron polyester fibrefill, upholstered with 40 individual panels of leather which are hand cut, welted and tufted with leather and buttons made from a single hide.

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

    Upholstery can be specified in a wide range of Spinneybeck® leathers. For more options please contact one of our stores.

  • 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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    • Sabrina white (SA785)
    • Volo leather (VOblack)
    • Volo leather coffeebean (VO947)
    • Volo leather constantinople (VO0983)
    • Volo leather maroon (VO908)
    • Volo leather parchment (VO0960)
    • Volo leather toast (VO0903)

  • Delivery

    7-8 weeks
    Made to order item

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