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Knoll Barcelona Couch Daybed or Sofa in White Sabrina Leather, circa 1997

$11,500Asking Price

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Knoll Barcelona couch daybed or sofa in white Sabrina leather, circa 1997 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1930 excellent condition. Designed in 1930, the Barcelona couch daybed or sofa shares the same simple elegance as its iconic counterpart, exhibiting Mies van der Rohe's command of line and material in any medium, from architecture to furniture, which helped define the modern vocabulary.  72 individual panels are cut, hand-welted and hand-tufted with leather and buttons produced from a single cowhide Cushions are premium quality, fire retardant, high-resiliency urethane foam with down-like dacron polyester fiberfill. Upholstery straps are cowhide belting leather. Sides are dyed to match specified upholstery color. 17 straps are stretched over a rubber webbing for cushion support. Bolster in matching leather is secured to cushion platform with straps and lock snaps. Legs are polished tubular stainless steel. Platform is a Sapele mahogany from Africa, finished with a protective clear lacquer. The KnollStudio logo and signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is stamped.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Width: 39 in. (99.06 cm)Depth: 78 in. (198.12 cm)Seat Height: 15.5 in. (39.37 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1997
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Please contact us for a detailed condition report.
  • Seller Location
    Ft Lauderdale, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU885012217153

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    Ships From: Ft Lauderdale, FL
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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 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, 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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