• Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe

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Barcelona® Chair

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ca. 1929

One of the most recognized objects of the last century, and an icon of the modern movement, the Barcelona Chair’s simple elegance and graceful profile epitomize Mies van der Rohe's most famous maxim–“less is more." From the hand-buffed stainless or chrome frame to the individual leather squares carefully welted together, each Barcelona piece is a tribute to the marriage of modern design and exceptional craftsmanship.

Details

Construction and Details
  • Upholstery available in a wide range of Spinneybeck® leathers
  • Upholstered with 40 individual panels. Individual panels are cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather buttons produced from a single cowhide. Cushions are premium quality, highly resilient urethane foam with down-like dacron polyester fiberfill
  • Upholstery straps are cowhide belting leather. Sides are dyed to match specified upholstery color. 17 straps are used for cushion support
  • The KnollStudio logo and signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are stamped into the leg
  • Two frame options:
    • Polished chrome, hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish. Upholstery straps attached with aluminum rivets
    • Premium grade 304 bar stock stainless steel. Frame is shaped, welded and hand-buffed to a mirror finish. Upholstery straps attached with solid stainless steel screws
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®

 

Downloads for Barcelona® Chair

General Info

Planning Tools

Finishes

Available in a variety of Spinneybeck Leathers.

See approval matrices in the downloads section for more detail.

  • color Chrome
  • color Stainless Steel

Dimensions

As a rising figure of the modernist movement, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was selected to design the German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona.

Through masterful proportioning and planning, Mies created a rhythmic and entirely unprecedented space, which elevated industrial-age materials to a level of grace never before achieved. Inside, Mies included chairs and stools conceived as a resting place for the King and Queen of Spain. Determined to create a chair worthy of royalty, Mies is thought to have based the designs, with their signature crisscross frames, on the campaign chairs of Ancient Rome. Mies: “I feel that it must be possible to harmonize the old and new in our civilization.”

Although the Barcelona Pavilion only stood for seven months, it is recognized as a defining achievement of modern architecture, as are the accompanying Barcelona Chairs (although the King and Queen reportedly never sat in them).

Mies, a close friend and mentor to Florence Knoll during her time at the Illinois Institute of Technology, formally granted Knoll the production rights to the Barcelona Chair and Stool in 1953. The designs immediately became a signature of the Knoll brand and have been built to Mies van der Rohe’s exacting standards ever since.