15 Brno Chairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International, Signed For Sale
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15 Brno Chairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International, Signed

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Set of 15 Brno chairs designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International. The chairs have tubular frames and they are upholstered in cream colored leather which is in very good original condition. The frames are free of rust or pitting and the leather is free of holes or rips however there are signs of wear from more than 30 years of use, please note that every chair is in different condition all ranging from fair to very good. All of the chairs have the Knoll and Mies Van Der Rohe signature carved to the metal frame. We have a total of 19 chairs, 15 in cream leather and four in black leather. Measurements: 32" high x 21.75" wide x 24" deep, seat height 18" from the floor to the top of the seat. If you are coming to our show room to see a piece please call ahead of time because due to our large inventory some items are available by appointment only. All of our sales are final, no refunds, no exchanges and no returns no exceptions.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1980s
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    All of the chairs are in used condition, all have rubbing to leather and the seating area on the seat shows wear,the frames have scratches throughout.
  • Dimensions
    H 32 in. x W 21.75 in. x D 24 in.H 81.28 cm x W 55.25 cm x D 60.96 cm
  • Seat Height
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller Location
    West Hollywood, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU88175178093
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About Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Designer)

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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