Made for the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona. Made to the designer’s original specifications Not only is the frame of an original Barcelona chair of high quality, the upholstery is also always made of first-class materials. The work is characterized by the perfectly shaped combination of wide seat and backrest with the X-shaped, subtly curved legs, which give the Knoll Barcelona Chair its light, almost floating character.
Classic Mies van der Rhoe Barcelona chairs in white leather contrast with modern French linen velvet loveseats and hand-painted linen curtains that frame natural Conrad shades. The original Barcelona chair was designed in 1929 by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and modernist designer Lilly Reich and made its debut in the German pavilion of the International Exhibition. Knoll International (the company’s name since 196) is still producing, the less is more Barcelona chair today. Your Oxford lounger is a faithful replica of the Barcelona chair that matches the timeless quality, suppleness and craftsmanship of the original from 1929 and makes it the overall best Barcelona chair reproduction on the market today
Rothenberg is another beautiful replica of the original Mies Van der Raw Barcelona chair and combines a solid wood frame with stainless steel legs, resulting in a sturdy and well-made chair at an affordable price. Mies, a close friend and mentor of Florence Knoll during her time at the Illinois Institute of Technology, officially granted Knoll the production rights for the Barcelona Chair and Stool in 1953. To make sure you’re buying a high-quality original instead of a reproduction, learn more about identifying a genuine Barcelona Chair with these steps. With a frame inspired by the classic shape of the scissor chair, the Barcelona Chair can certainly be regarded as a modern throne. Luckily for those of us who can’t drop 10 grand into a single chair, it’s not hard today to find a stylish and high-quality Barcelona chair that looks as good as the original but costs a lot less.
Although the Barcelona pavilion only stood for seven months, it, like the accompanying Barcelona chairs, is considered a defining achievement of modern architecture (although the king and queen reportedly never sat in it). As one of the most important representatives of classical modernism, Mies van der Rohe’s groundbreaking ideas influenced generations of architects, as did his numerous furniture designs, designs which he often developed as part of an architectural project, as in the case of Barcelona Chairs, and remained true to his less is more philosophy. The Barcelona Chair achieves the serenity of line and the refinement of the proportions and materials that are characteristic of Mies van der Rohe’s highly disciplined architecture. The Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe speaks a thoroughly modern design language and the same design language, in which its open and strictly geometric buildings can be understood and enjoyed.
While the five chairs above are some of the best Barcelona replica chairs on the market, they’re not the only ones worth considering.