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

Barcelona® Chair - Child's

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ca. 1929

One of the most recognized objects of the last century has been scaled down for the next generation of design enthusiasts! The chair is built to the same standards as the original, so your kids can pass it down to their children.

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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. 13 straps are used for cushion support
  • The KnollStudio logo and signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are stamped into the leg
  • Frame available in polished chrome, hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish, or premium grade 304 bar stock stainless steel shaped, welded and hand-buffed to a mirror finish.
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®

 

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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.