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Barcelona Daybed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll in Dark Brown Leather, Signed

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This fantastic Barcelona Daybed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll is in a breathtaking deep brown high quality bovine leather. Thick and a substantial hand feel with incredible texture, as you would expect from a luxury maker such is Knoll. This example is triple signed, with an engraved signature on one leg, Knoll decking underneath the leather cushion, and a Knoll Studios label on the frame (see photos). Making this an all original matching set across all parts. 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 the German Pavilion. This was Germany's entry for the International Exhibition, hosted by Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed in 1930 the Barcelona daybed (also referred to as the Barcelona Couch) emanates this seminal design, paralleling the same simplicity and elegance of the iconic Barcelona chair. This triple signed Barcelona daybed by Knoll features the original dark brown leather button-tufted cushion and straps are in excellent condition. The original bolster pillow in matching dark brown leather is secured to cushion platform with straps and lock snaps all in working order. The platform is crafted from mahogany and supported by polished tubular stainless steel legs. Ideal for a living room, family room, study, den or lounge. It would also be an apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a retail boutique. Due to the Classic nature of this design, it can work in many types of decor including Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary, Bauhaus, Traditional, Transitional, and much more. We have other Barcelona Daybeds and Barcelona chairs in stock, contact us for more details. Condition: Excellent showroom ready condition with only very light wear, noticeable only on close inspection. Measurements: H 24.75" (including Bolster Pillow) x W 77.5" x D 38" Seat height 17.25".

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  • Condition Details
    Excellent showroom ready condition with only very light wear, noticeable only on close inspection.
  • Dimensions
    H 24.75 in. x W 77.5 in. x D 38 in.H 62.87 cm x W 196.85 cm x D 96.52 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.25 in. (43.82 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1330217388772
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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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