The Flat Bar Brno Chair from Knoll Highlighted in The Wall Street Journal

The Iconic Mies van der Rohe Design in New York City’s Four Seasons Restaurant Celebrated

August 7, 2013

The Flat Bar Brno Chair, a Knoll classic designed by Mies van der Rohe that has been a staple in the Four Seasons restaurant since its 1959 opening in New York City, is highlighted by The Wall Street Journal, the publication that “features and profiles tastemakers in the worlds of fashion, business, design and culture.”

The August 3 - 4, 2013 piece celebrates Phillip Johnson’s restaurant design and highlights the Pool Room, which The Journal calls a “grand statement of restraint that is largely unchanged since the eatery opened.”

Commenting on the space, architect Allen Greenberg said, “Unlike at most restaurants, Johnson didn’t jam in as many tables as possible, so Mies’s Brno chairs become quite prominent – ethereal objects in space. I think it’s the most beautiful chair he ever designed. The stainless steel gives it a very lean, tensile profile – the perfect balance between solid and void.”

The Brno Chair was originally designed in 1930 for Mies’s Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic. In 1958, Johnson asked Knoll to produce the Flat Bar Brno Chair Four Seasons restaurant. With Mies’s approval, Knoll made a few minor adjustments – like adding cushioning – and reintroduced the chair that same year. It has been in continuous production since.


Brno Chair - Flat Bar