• Knoll Mlies MR Lounge Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies MR Lounge Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies MR Lounge Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies MR Lounge Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies MR Lounge Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe
  • Knoll Mlies MR Lounge Chair by Ludwig Mlies van der Rohe

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MR Lounge Chair

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ca. 1927

The MR Collection represents some of the earliest steel furniture designs by Mies van der Rohe. The material choice was inspired by fellow Bauhaus master Marcel Breuer, while the forms are thought to be modern derivatives of 19th century iron rocking chairs.

Details

Construction and Details
  • Available with and without arms
  • Available in a variety of Spinneybeck® leathers with matching leather straps
  • Leather cushion crafted in a series of quilted and seamed sections
  • Cushion supported by 9 cowhide belting straps with edges stained to match if specified in black. For all other colors, leather is sandwiched to belting thickness on both front and back, with sides left natural
  • Frame is seamless tubular stainless steel with a polished finish. Glides not included
  • The KnollStudio logo and signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are stamped into the frame
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®
     

 

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General Info

Planning Tools

Finishes

Available in a variety of Spinneybeck Leathers.

See approval matrices in the downloads section for more detail.

  • color Chrome
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Dimensions

The origins of the bent-steel cantilevered chair are somewhat murky, but generally three names come up in the discussion. Marcel Breuer is widely credited with pioneering the exploration of the material, Mart Stam seems to be the first to conceive a “chair without back legs”, and Mies van der Rohe is remembered as the one who made it beautiful.

 

It is believed that Mart Stam described his idea—a continuous loop of steel (he used a thinner gauge gas pipe in the earliest versions) with a cantilevered seat—at a meeting of the Werkbund in 1926. In attendance were Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe, both of whom were inspired to design cantilever chairs of their own in the coming months. Mies replaced the right angles on the front legs with a graceful curve which had the advantage of increasing elasticity while preventing material fatigue.

Mies first showed the MR 10 and MR20 at the Stuttgart Weissenhof Estate — a seminal Werkbund exhibition, which first brought modernist works to the public, with buildings designed by Peter Behrens, Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and others.

Over the next five years, Mies would develop an entire series of tubular steel designs now presented by Knoll as the MR Collection.