6 Dining Chairs - Mies Van Der Rohe Brno Knoll Studio chrome & Suede Chairs For Sale
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6 Dining Chairs - Mies Van Der Rohe Brno Knoll Studio chrome & Suede Chairs

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Excellent set of 6 original Mies van der Rohe Brno tubular chrome & suede chairs. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at his Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, the Brno Chair (model number MR50) reflects the ground breaking simplicity of van der Rohe’s design using a simple cantilever frame. There are two versions of the chair; one in tubular steel and the other in flat steel and the original design dates back to 1930. The metal was originally polished stainless steel but more modern examples from around the 1970s onwards were produced in chromed steel by Knoll International who have owned the license to the design since the mid 1960s. There have been numerous copies of the chairs made since their inception but chairs that were produced in the last 30 years have become much easier to recognise by virtue of the stamped Knoll branding and van der Rohe signature in the chrome work and Knoll branded material used on the underside of the chair. In addition originals have a height of 30 inches (77cms) as opposed to more mass produced items which are generally a couple of inches taller. The 6 offered here are in excellent condition, save one chair which has a few spot marks to the suede (as shown in the pictures). However, these are hardly noticeable given the nap on the suede constantly changes when it is touched, brushed or sat on. They date from around the late 80’s and the chrome work is also in excellent condition with all marks and branding present on each chair. Each monitor will view colour differently but as a guide the colour is a grey/mushroom but can look lighter or darker depending on which way the nap is brushed. The original chair also comes in a range of seat firmness foams and these are the slimmer, firmer option which in any event would be my choice as it more closely matches the original design which was renowned for its clean, sharp lines contrasting against the sinuous curve of the frame.

Details

  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 30.71 in. x W 21.66 in. x D 25.2 in.H 78 cm x W 55 cm x D 64 cm
  • Seat Height
    18.12 in. (46 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Highclere, GB
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Reference Number
    LU4278212828282
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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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