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Mies van der Rohe for Knoll Leather and Steel Brno Flat Arm Chair



An iconic and very finely fabricated chair, this BRNO flat bar armchair was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and manufactured by Knoll in stainless steel. The chair is stamped KP underneath the flat feet for Knoll Productions. It is expertly upholstered in a caramel top-grain leather and is inordinately comfortable and supportive. The only visible joinery on the chair are the tiny machined screws that affix the upholstered arm pads from beneath the arm, all other joinery hidden inside of the framing behind the upholstery. We may have up to six of these chairs available, so check with our shop inventory or contact us if you need more than one. Measurements: 23” W x 22” D x 31 3/4” H, 17” H to seat Condition Report: Leather appears to have been refinished and recolored at one point, all seats with light wear, scuffing and some impressions; only one chair is photographed as an example, but photography of the exact chair you will receive is available upon request. Steel is scuffed and with some tarnish.


  • Condition
    Good. See condition notes in descriptive text, additional images available upon request..
  • Dimensions

    H 31.75 in. x W 23 in. x D 22 in.

    H 80.65 cm x W 58.42 cm x D 55.88 cm

  • Seller location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Seller reference number
    712QLU01P | Silla, ltd.
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About Knoll (Manufacturer)

As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.

     The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design—a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems—as Knoll furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.

     Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona Chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of Modernism.

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