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

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Barcelona® Couch

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1930

Designed in 1930, the Barcelona Couch shares the same simple elegance as the iconic lounge chair of the same name. Mies van der Rohe's command of line and material in all medium, from architecture to furniture, helped define the modern vocabulary.

Details

Construction and Details
  • Available in a wide range of Spinneybeck® leathers with matching cowhide belting straps
  • 72 individual panels are cut, hand-welted and hand-tufted with leather and buttons produced from a single cowhide
  • Cushions are premium quality, fire retardant, high-resiliency 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 stretched over a rubber webbing for cushion support
  • Bolster in matching leather is secured to cushion platform with straps and lock snaps
  • Legs are polished tubular stainless steel
  • Platform is a Sapele Mahogany from Africa, finished with a protective clear lacquer
  • The KnollStudio logo and signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are stamped into each piece
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®

 

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Finishes

Available in a variety of Spinneybeck Leathers.

See approval matrices in the downloads section for more detail.

  • color Polished Stainless Steel
  • color Sapele Mahogany
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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.