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MR Chair

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 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.

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    • Leather laces wrap around the frame to connect the seat slings to the frame
    • Frame is seamless tubular stainless steel with a polished finish
    • Four molded clear plastic glides with twin-pin snap-in construction included
    • The KnollStudio logo and signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are stamped on each piece
    • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®

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    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.

     

     

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