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    Krefeld Coffee Table

    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1927

    Designed in 1927, the Krefeld Collection features the pure composition and sobering simplicity that characterizes all of Mies van der Rohe’s work and epitomizes modern design. The clean lines, perfect proportions and range of finishes make the Krefeld Table ideal for public spaces, reception areas, universities and, of course, the living room. Available in side and coffee table versions, the design complements the Krefeld lounge chair and sofa.


    • color Clear/Light Oak
    • color Medium Cherry
    • color Light Walnut
    • color Deep Red Mahogany Lumber
    • color Wenge


    Additional Info

    Construction and Details
    • MDF construction with stained oak veneer and open pore finish
    • Available in 5 wood stains
    • Seamless connection between top and legs
    • Black plastic guides included
    Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
    • Krefeld Coffee Table is certified Clean Air GOLD
    • Learn more about Krefeld Coffee Table product certifications and materials at Ecomedes.


     Mies van der Rohe and his longtime collaborator Lilly Reich designed this lounge collection in 1927 for the Esters and Lange residences, designed by Mies in Krefeld, Germany. A wonderful example of the syntax, skill and diversity of Mies’ work, the collection was originally specified in leather and reveals van der Rohe’s often-overlooked fondness for traditional furniture styles.

    Recognizing the timeless appeal of the designs, KnollStudio brought the Krefeld Collection to production for the first time in 2003. Each piece is based on Lilly Reich’s original drawings, found in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Archive at the Museum of Modern Art. The introduction of the Krefeld Collection reflects Knoll’s celebration of timeless, enduring design, and underlines our continuing commitment to celebrate the legacy of Mies van der Rohe through his furniture.

    Regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of architecture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s ‘less-is-more’ approach to design was the gold standard for many generations of modern architecture. His legendary career started humbly at his father’s stonemasonry business, giving him an early appreciation of material and structure. From there he apprenticed with furniture designer Bruno Paul in Berlin before joining the office of Peter Behrens, an architect and painter at the forefront of the modern movement.

    In 1912, Mies established his own office in Berlin. Through furniture, residential projects and extraordinary, yet unrealized concepts for skyscrapers, he gained recognition as a leader of the German modern movement. As such, he was selected to design the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona.

    Mies served as Vice President of the Deutsher Werkbund and Director of the Bauhaus from 1930 until it closed in 1933. He immigrated to the United States in 1938 to become the director of architecture at the Armour Institute (later the Illinois Institute of Technology). From his Chicago-based practice, Mies designed a portfolio of buildings that changed the face of American institutional architecture ― the most notable examples being the IIT campus and the Seagram Building in New York.