Volo features our breathable protective coating that protects the surface while keeping the user cool. Can be cleaned and rinsed off with a damp, clean cloth or soap with a balanced pH. An icon of modernism, the design of the Barcelona chair was inspired by the campaign and the folding chairs of antiquity. The Barcelona chair is an icon of industrial design, modern movement and design in general.
With its elegant simplicity, it embodies Mies van der Rohe’s famous motto Less is more. Colors of the year and current interior styles come and go. Real classics, on the other hand, look just as fresh in modern rooms as in the eyes of their creators. Learn how the master’s showpiece became one of the most iconic (and sought after) chairs of all time in 1929.
How to recognize a real Barcelona chair. Mies van der Rohe’s signature is stamped on the base of each chair and each piece is marked with an individual production number. The cushions are upholstered with 40 individual panels, cut from a single skin, hand-stitched and hand-tufted using only high-quality spinneybeck leather in a choice of hundreds of colors. A reproduction of Barcelona Chair uses a large amount of skin and piping is added later.
Seat and back cushions adapt to the curvature of the frame. The sides and edges of the upholstery bands are dyed to match the individual upholstery color. The Barcelona Chair was specially designed for presentation at the International Exhibition in Barcelona in 1929. The Barcelona Chair was designed for the German Pavilion, Germany’s exhibition for the 1929 Barcelona World’s Fair. The inspiration and cultural connection to an ancient civilization, together with simplicity and formal purity, give the Barcelona chair a timeless charm, which is attested by the success achieved and uninterrupted production from 1930 to the present day. The Barcelona Chair was designed by the leading architect of the 20th. It was designed together with the former director of the Bauhaus Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the designer Lilly Reich and has become one of the most sought-after pieces of furniture of all time.
Between 1945 and 1947, production of the Barcelona chair continued in New York, where it was produced by Titlegratz. Between 1932 and 1934, Barcelona Chair was produced by Thonet for just two years until World War II broke out when production was discontinued. The Barcelona chair was designed according to the technological possibilities of the time, the metal part initially consists of several parts connected with screws. Knoll International (the company’s name since 196) is still producing, the less is more Barcelona chair today.
To make sure you’re buying a high-quality original instead of a reproduction, learn more about identifying an authentic Barcelona chair with these steps. A variety of throw pillows soften the modern lines of the sectional sofa and Barcelona chair in this casual family space. With its thoroughly chic aesthetics, Mies van der Rohe designed the Barcelona Chair so that it is supported on each of its sides by two chrome-plated, flat steel bars. The Barcelona chair was designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich (his partner and only woman invited to teach at the Bauhaus School) for the German pavilion at the Barcelona World’s Fair, which was also designed by Mies van der Rohe.
The Barcelona Chair embodies Mies van der Rohe’s maxim of the modern movement “less is more” and was literally designed to be suitable for a king. The special feature of a Barcelona chair from Knoll is the thick fillet tube on the cushions, which is padded with thick industrial foam.