Barcelona chairs
Designed by Mies Van der Rohe

Photo taken in 2006 at the
M&T Bank, Buffalo, NY

[The Barcelona chair] was made from nine parts in flat and tubular steel. They were chrome-plated – a completely new process in furniture manufacture at the time. Although the chairs had four legs, the architect experimented with a cantilever principle to achieve the free-floating seat.

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In 1932, Mies and Lilly Reich designed what is perhaps his most famous creation.

Created for the German Pavilion at the Barcelona International Exhibition.

The Pavilion chair was intended as a modern throne; a thick cushion upholstered in luxurious leather and set upon a curved metal frame (chrome plated ) in the shape of an X inspired by classical furniture."

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Mies re-designed the original chair in 1950 in order to make use of stainless steel which had become available due to a recent advancement in technology.

Manufactured by Knoll Interntional since 1953. See also Knoll, Barcelona Chair

Photos and their arrangement © 2006 Chuck LaChiusa
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