The Barcelona lounge chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is a great German designer and architect who lived in the United States for a long time. He is a follower of the “Less is More” philosophy.
Thanks to his innovative eye and unique style, he quickly gained an impressive international reputation. Indeed, he was responsible for some huge and famous American skyscrapers, but above all, he designed one of the most iconic pieces of design and vintage furniture of the 20th century: the Barcelona armchair. In 1929, he was the great representative of German design at the Barcelona World’s Fair, and was responsible for the construction of his country’s pavilion as well as the design of the furniture present. He designed, among other things, the mythical Barcelona armchair which was to welcome the King and Queen of Spain.
“An important chair, an elegant and expensive chair. It had to be monumental. You just couldn‘t use a kitchen chair,”
Mies Van der Rohe.
In the 1930s, Mies van der Rohe met Florence Knoll, who was one of his students at the Illinois Institute of Technology at that time. In 1946, the young woman was appointed director of theKnoll production line. Throughout the years, the two designers maintained a close friendship. In 1948, after obtaining the reproduction rights, Knoll took over from thepublisher Müller and began production of the Barcelona collection. The Barcelona collection first appeared on the price list in 1950. In 1953, the contract officially linking the Barcelona series to Knoll was signed. From that time until today, Knoll is the official publisher of the Barcelona chair. Since 2008, the company has also produced a version for children.
The Barcelona armchair is a model that has been copied and recopied! There are several details that make it possible to tell a real model from a fake! The original model is made of leather or fabric straps stretched over a chromed flat steel frame with removable upholstered cushions (leather or fabric). The seat is sometimes accompanied by a footstool (with cushion or leather sheet).
It is not uncommon to see this beautiful chair in many films and series as below in Casino Royale:
An iconic and timeless piece, it appeals to all design lovers and has a special place in different interior styles: