|Product type||Lounge chair|
|Dimensions||H 77 x W 75 x D 77 cm
Seat height 43 cm
|Material||Flat spring steel frame, highly polished chrome
Foam upholstery covered with carefully selected leather, stitched with integral studs
|Variants||Available in a range leather types, further materials on request|
|Delivery includes||1 Armchair (matching ottoman can be ordered separately)|
|Care||Please maintain and clean the leather according to the included booklet.|
|Awards & museum||Permanent collection MoMA, New York|
|Product family||Barcelona Collection|
How do I recognise an original Barcelona chair?
The Knoll logo and the signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are engraved on the frame.
It is no coincidence that the Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe appears so noble and elegant: it was designed explicitly for the use of the Spanish royal couple on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the German Pavilion at the World Expo 1929 in Barcelona. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was looking for the occasion an elegant, costly and monumental chair. Featuring a base inspired by the classical form of the scissors chair, the Barcelona Chair can very much be considered as a modern throne. Characteristic of the work is the perfectly formed combination of wide seat and backrest with the x-shaped, subtly curved legs which give the Knoll Barcelona Chair its light, almost floating, character. In the design history of the twentieth century the Barcelona chair is considered both ground-breaking and iconographic, and more than sixty years after its initial production is still produced according to the original dimensions. Complimenting the chair Knoll also produce and distribute the Barcelona Stool.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born on 27th March 1886 in Aachen and is not only remembered by history as a designer of Knoll's Barcelona chair, but also as an architect. His first modern and energy-efficient buildings originated from 1923, and in 1927 Mies van der Rohe was responsible for the curation of the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart, unquestionably one of modernisms genuine flagship projects. For his own apartment house on the Weissenhof Estate Mies van der Rohe made his first use of a steel frame, a construction principle which allowed for the enlargement of the window areas and a more variable use of the residential space, a construction principle which was to be fundamental in his later buildings. In addition to being commissioned to design the German Pavilion for the 1929 World Exhibition in Barcelona, Mies van der Rohe was also requested to design the furniture for the pavilion. The pavilion proved to be a main attraction of the World Exhibition and is now considered one of the most si