Pair of « Barcelona » chairs - Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
« Barcelona », this iconic piece of 20th-century design furniture was created, as well as all the furniture in the German pavilion, at the Barcelona World Fair in 1929 by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (architect and designer).
« Barcelona » is composed of leather straps stretched on an apparent flat chromed stainless steel structure forming an X. These chairs are composed of removable padded leather cushions. The parts are folded and welded into one piece with a hand-polished finish giving a mirror effect. The frame is stamped « Knoll », official publisher since 1953.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is a German designer and architect who has lived in the United States for a long time. He has built many buildings, including the Farnsworth house and several skyscrapers. He first worked in Bruno Paul’s architectural office in Berlin before working with Peter Behrens. After various architectural projects, a contribution to the G magazine and the direction of the Bauhaus School of Arts in Dessau, he left for the United States in order to escape Nazism.