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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Daybeds

American, German, 1886-1969
American, 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 work on the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona (commonly referred to as the Barcelona Pavilion) — which Mies codesigned with Lilly Reich, his creative and romantic partner — 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 the most famous furniture designs authored by him or codesigned with Reich. 

Pieces designed by Mies and Reich such as the Barcelona chair (the authorized version is produced by Knoll today), stools and daybed, 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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Creator: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Brown Leather Barcelona Daybed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, for Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
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1970s Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Daybed Couch for Knoll Rosewood / Tan Leather
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A great example of the timeless Barcelona couch Daybed designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll and produced in the 1970s . This example with rosewood frame and the original ta...
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Barcelona Daybed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll International, 1960s, Signed
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
This iconic and authentic (both the leather cushion and the Mahogany frame is signed with Knoll International labels) daybed is the 'Barcelona Daybed' also referred to as the 'Barcel...
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Barcelona Daybed by Mies van der Rohe
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Iconic Barcelona daybed designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1930. Made in a Mahogany frame with chrome metal feet. The cushion is made of 72 individual panels are cut, hand-welted and...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Daybeds

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Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona Daybed Brown Leather, 2017
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Mies van der Rohe - Barcelona daybed dark brown Knoll edition, circa 2017 Brown leather and ashwood Dimensions: Height 65 cm, large 98, long 196 cm In a perfect state With cert...
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Bordeaux Leather Barcelona Daybed by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Renens, CH
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Daybed for Knoll International
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Located in Amsterdam, NL
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Vintage circa 1985 Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Daybed with Zebra Rug
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
We collected this cult-favorite, vintage Mies Van Der Rohe daybed at auction. The stainless steel legs, walnut base, and black leather upholstery are all in excellent condition. See ...
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Black Leather Daybed Model "Barcelona" by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll
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Black leather daybed model "Barcelona" by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll.
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Daybeds

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Vintage Early Barcelona Daybed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll, 1960s
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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This very rare and early Barcelona daybed was designed by Mies van der Rohe and produced by Knoll International for only 3 years between 1962 and 1965. The piece is upholstered in it...
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll International, Barcelona Daybed Black Leather
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
Barcelona Daybed designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1930. Edition in black grained leather by Knoll International, circa 2005. Hardwood frame with leather straps. Knoll...
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Barcelona Daybed by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe for Knoll in Black Leather
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in East Hampton, NY
Black leather daybed designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe during the late 1920s with Roll pillow that straps to the bed cushion. This piece was originally designed for use in the ...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Daybeds

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Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Daybed Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A great example of this classic form. Beautiful leather Original finish on the frame. Label present This daybaed was purchased in the 1980's and the client paid for the upgraded ...
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe daybeds for sale on 1stDibs

Mies van der Rohe Daybeds are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Leather and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Daybeds collection, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 3 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's original daybeds were created during the 20th century in the modern style in the United States. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider daybeds by Edward Wormley, Knoll and Vladimir Kagan. Prices for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe daybeds can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $10,406 and tops out at $12,000, while pieces like these can sell for $11,500 on average.

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