1920s Brown Leather Lounge Chair by Mies van der Rohe For Sale
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1920s Brown Leather Lounge Chair by Mies van der Rohe


Cantilever chair, brown leather, Mies van der Rohe, Germany, 1927. Gorgeous single lounge chair by famous Mies van der Rohe with original leather seat and back details with nice patina. The frame comes in chromium-plated tubular steel. The continuous line of the scaffold is curved and allows a gentle swing. This is a early example of cantilever chair and is manufactured by the company Berliner Metallgewerbe Joseph Müller. Architect, furniture designer and educator, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a central figure in design and architecture. In his early years, he worked in Peter Behrens‘ architecture office, at the same time as Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Le Corbusier. He joined the November Group, leads the Werkbund colony Weißenhof in Stuttgart, became vice president of Deutscher Werkbund (German Association of Craftsmen) later he also heads Bauhaus in Dessau und Berlin. In the field of architecture Mies’ heritage has a relevance, which can be compared only with that of Le Corbusier and Frank Llyod Wright. His steel and glass architecture epitomizes the international style of modernity and domineered building worldwide up until the late 1960s.


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  • Dimensions
    H 30.71 in. x W 18.9 in. x D 29.14 in.H 78 cm x W 48 cm x D 74 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.72 in. (45 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
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About Le Corbusier (Designer)

Swiss-born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, best known by his adopted name Le Corbusier, was a highly influential architect, designer, painter, urban planner and writer whose career spanned almost five decades. A pioneer of progress-minded modern architecture, Le Corbusier sought to impose a rational order on the chaos of the world through design. He rejected the excessive architectural ornament and developed a style that became known as Brutalism, creating buildings with elemental geometric forms that were made of industrial materials such as steel and reinforced concrete. Le Corbusier believed that pure, well-designed spaces could offer a lesson in how little is needed to achieve happiness. To convey this notion, the architect prioritized modern, open interiors and emphasized light, rational designs. His architecture and interiors share a clear sense of space and structural order, underlining the beauty in harmony, proportion and simplicity.

     Le Corbusier’s furniture espouses these same ideals. His designs are spare, minimal and efficient but at the same time offer supreme comfort. Collaborating with his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, and designer Charlotte Perriand, he devised such iconic pieces as the LC2 Le Grand Confort armchair and the LC4 chaise longue. Each couples a tubular chrome frame with soft, supple leather upholstery, lending an organic warmth to an industrially made design. In his furniture, Le Corbusier broke new ground in ergonomics. The shape of the LC4 chaise is taken directly from the human form; the classic cowhide upholstery makes the sitter feel weightless; and the piece features an adjustable positioning mechanism to promote total relaxation.

     Such planning and intelligence were the hallmarks of Le Corbusier’s career. Whether in his designs for private residences such as the Villa Savoye near Paris, apartment towers like the Unité D'habitation in Marseilles, or in his furniture, he worked toward a style of living that was expansive and flexible. The strength and simplicity of line of Le Corbusier’s seating pieces give them a sculptural presence in any décor, yet they are sublimely restful. And as you will see from the offerings on these pages, Le Corbusier’s furniture reflects a worldly taste: it is at once refined, cosmopolitan and chic.

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