Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (German, 1886–1969)

Architect, furniture designer and educator, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a central figure in the advancement and promotion of Modernist design and architectural theory and practice. Like Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, he was a hugely influential presence in the field, who shaped the course of 20th-century architecture both through his buildings and his teaching of rationalist design principles.

     Born in the medieval German city of Aachen, Mies found an interest in architecture as a boy while working for his father, a master stonemason. He had no formal education as an architect, but learned his skills as an apprentice to the designer Bruno Paul, and as a staffer in the office the proto-modernist architect and designer Peter Behrens. Following World War I, Mies rose to prominence in his field amid the liberal atmosphere of the Weimar Republic. His reputation was secured by his design for the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona (commonly referred to as his Barcelona Pavilion), a radically simple, poetic, open-plan building pared down to its architectural essentials. Mies would go on to direct the Bauhaus from 1930 until 1933, when Nazi-government interference forced the closure of the progressive art and design school. Later that decade, he made his way to Chicago, where he remained for the rest of his career as a practicing architect and a dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

     Mies’s famed dictum “less is more” grew from his belief that architecture both guides and expresses the spirit of the times, and he envisioned the 20th century as open-minded, logical, transparent and liberated by technology. His best-known buildings — residences such as the Villa Tugendhat in Czechoslovakia and the Farnsworth House in rural Illinois; skyscrapers like the 860–880 Lake Shore Drive apartment towers in Chicago and the Seagram Building in New York — reflect that philosophy. As do his most famous furniture designs. Mies pieces such as the Barcelona chair, chaise and stools, or the cantilevered Brno chairs, deliver a maximum of comfort and support from a minimum of materials: their “lavishness” derives from the precision with which they are engineered and constructed. For the collector, the allure of Mies’s furniture is at once practical and idealistic. Useful and functional, his works embody the highest aspirations of modernism.

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Mies Van Der Rohe Knoll Barcelona Daybed
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Dimensions: H 24.5 in. W 6 ft. 6 in. D 39 in.
Dealer Location: Phoenix, AZ
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Walnut
Mies Van Der Rohe Knoll Barcelona Daybed
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Leather, Walnut
Mies van der Rohe for Knoll Barcelona daybed, circa early 1970s. This all original example is done in a beautifully patinated milk chocolate leather over walnut and retains its early Kn...
Mies van der Rohe Daybed
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Dimensions: H 17 in. W 38 in. D 6 ft. 5 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Mies van der Rohe Daybed
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Late 20th Century American Daybeds
Iconic daybed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll. Walnut, chrome legs, and black leather, in very good condition.
Covetable 1962 Chrome Base Van Der Rohe Barcelona Daybed for Knoll, 20th Century
Dimensions: H 15.35 in. W 6 ft. 3.6 in. D 31.5 in.
Dealer Location: London, GB
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Chrome
Covetable 1962 Chrome Base Van Der Rohe Barcelona ...
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Leather, Chrome
With exceptional provenance, courtesy of an iconic Advertising agency in Hamburg, this piece took pride of place in the managing partner's office. Extremely collectable, exceptional qua...
Barcelona Daybed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll International, Date Stamped 1977
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll International
Dimensions: H 15.5 in. W 6 ft. 6.5 in. D 39 in.
Dealer Location: Culver City, CA
Materials & Techniques: Stainless Steel, Leather
Barcelona Daybed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll In...
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll International
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Stainless Steel, Leather
Considered to be the epitome of modern design, Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich originally designed the Barcelona chair in 1929 to serve as seating for the king and queen of Spain in t...
Brown Leather and Rosewood Daybed by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Dimensions: H 24.5 in. W 6 ft. 6 in. D 39 in.
Dealer Location: Laguna Hills, CA
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Chrome, Rosewood
Brown Leather and Rosewood Daybed by Mies van der ...
Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Leather, Chrome, Rosewood
Brown leather and rosewood daybed by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll.
Mid-Century Daybed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll Associates
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Dimensions: H 39 in. W 6 ft. 6 in. D 25 in.
Dealer Location: Brooklyn, NY
Materials & Techniques: Leather
Mid-Century Daybed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for...
Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Leather
This stylish Mid-Century Modern daybed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was designed for Knoll Associates and features a hardwood frame with leather straps, topped with a plush tufted leathe...
Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll Barcelona Daybed in White Leather
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Dimensions: H 15.75 in. W 6 ft. 7 in. D 41 in.
Dealer Location: Norwalk, CT
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Chrome, Wood
Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll Barcelona Daybed in Wh...
Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
1990s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Leather, Chrome, Wood
Incredible iconic Mies Van Der Rohe designed Barcelona daybed in white cream leather. With original bolster pillow. Newer version with Knoll signature upholstery on bottom and beautiful...
Vintage Mies van der Rohe Daybed by Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Dimensions: H 15.75 in. W 6 ft. 7 in. D 41 in.
Dealer Location: Austin, TX
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Chrome, Walnut
Vintage Mies van der Rohe Daybed by Knoll
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Leather, Chrome, Walnut
Vintage Mies van der Rohe chaise or sofa. Chrome legs, walnut base, black leather.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Daybed
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Dimensions: H 24.5 in. W 6 ft. 6.8 in. D 40.75 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Daybed
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Late 20th Century Modern Daybeds
Gorgeous Mies Van Der Rohe daybed, designed 1928, manufactured after 1968 by Knoll International. Walnut, chrome-plated steel, black leather, manufacturer's label to underside.
Very Rare Chrome Base Barcelona Daybed by Knoll International
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Dimensions: H 15.35 in. W 6 ft. 3.6 in. D 32.28 in.
Dealer Location: Munich, DE
Very Rare Chrome Base Barcelona Daybed by Knoll In...
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Very rare chrome base Barcelona daybed by Knoll International. Re-designed in 1962 and only in production for a very short time.