Barcelona Chair and Ottoman by Knoll
designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
The Barcelona Chair and Ottoman by Mies van der Rohe were introduced to the public at the 1929 Barcelona Exposition. Immediately, they created a sensation. The structure of the chairs, the purity and elegance of their composition, have come to define more than just modern furniture design, they represent the tenets of Modern architecture.
The Barcelona Chair is composed of two metal squares, well upholstered with leather and padding, welded together atop four sweeping ribbons of steel that form the legs of the chair. Knoll is the only authorized and licensed manufacturer of the Barcelona Chair and Ottoman, and have been since 1953.
About the Designer
|Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the most significant designers of the modern era. Born in Germany in 1886, van der Rohe began a career in architecture and interior in an era that challenged traditional concepts of aesthetics and design. Rejected classical, cluttered notions of beauty, he was a proponent of clean, efficient lines expressed using industrial materials. This design movement gained ground after World War I, but Mies van der Rohe was forced to move to the United States in 1937 due to political pressure from the Nazis, who rejected his new ideas on art and architecture. He took a position as head of architecture in Chicago at the Armour Institute of Technology, now known as the Illinois Institute of Technology. His career in the United States spanned 30 years and saw him create numerous standout buildings in the Chicago area. He is perhaps best remembered today for his inspiring furniture designs.|
About the Manufacturer
Founded in 1938, Knoll has nurtured many of the most inspiring and iconic furniture designs of the last century. With an extensive collection of modern classic furniture for the home as well as cutting-edge office furniture with a focus on functionality as well as aesthetics, Knoll is at the forefront of how furniture interacts with us and affects us in our daily lives.
Materials & Measurements
Frame: chrome or premium grade 304 bar stock stainless steel. The chrome frame is hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish with upholstery that attaches with aluminum rivets. The stainless steel frame is made from a single piece of shaped steel that is welded and also hand-buffed to a mirror finish. Upholstery straps attach with solid stainless steel screws.
Upholstery: 40 individual panels for the chair and 18 for the stool are cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather and buttons produced from a single cowhide. Cushions are premium quality, highly resilient urethane foam with down-like dacron polyester fiberfill.
Upholstery straps: cowhide belting straps that are dyed to match your upholstery color. The Barcelona Chair contains 17 belting support straps and the Barcelona Ottoman contains 7.
Overall: 30.25" h x 29.5" w x 30" d
Seat height: 17"
Overall: 14.75" h x 25" w x 23.25" d
The Barcelona Chair and Ottoman are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified for low-emitting products.