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Krefeld Sofa and Ottoman

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1927

Designed in 1927, the Krefeld Collection features the pure composition and sobering simplicity characteristic of all of Mies van der Rohe’s work. The classic detailing, clean lines and exceptional comfort make the Krefeld Collection at home in any décor.

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NYC Home Design Shop: 212 343-4190
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Construction and Details
  • Available in Settee and Sofa sizes
  • View Approved KnollTextiles
  • Available in a wide range of Spinneybeck® leathers
  • Optional leather welt in matching or contrasting color
  • Cushions are high-density foam with Dacron top layer
  • Seat uses coil-spring suspension for enhanced comfort
  • Back uses dynamic suspension for added flexibility and support
  • Inner frame constructed in engineered hardwood and plywood
  • Legs are ash hardwood with 5 available stains
  • Legs attach to a metal plate connected to the frame and can be removed
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • Certified Clean Air GOLD




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.