Pair of original Barcelona chairs and ottoman by Mies Van Der Roh. All original. Manufactured by Knoll, 1960s. Chrome on steel frame. Black leather cushions. Original labels. Seats are in need of repair. Selling as is to honour their authenticity. Could easily be reupholstered for additional costs. Ottoman in pristine condition.
The Barcelona Chair Designed for the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, German-American architect and furniture maker Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) — in collaboration with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich (1885–1947) — created a chair fit for royalty. The Spanish king, Alfonso XIII, was expected to attend the opening of the World’s Fair, and as Mies later stated, the chair needed to be “monumental . . . you just couldn’t use a kitchen chair.” In its X-shaped structure, the Barcelona chair recalls the ancient folding stools of Egypt and Rome and was designed with swooping lines and a luxe contrast of materials between the chrome-plated frame and quilted leather cushions. Like the pavilion surrounding it, the chair distilled Mies’s “less is more” aphorism....— 1st Dibs.