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MR 30/5 Lounge Chairs by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International, Signed Pair

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A rare no longer produced design, this incredible pair of early production double-signed cantilevered MR 30/5 lounge chairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International, both chairs possess their original Knoll International labels to the leather seats. An amazing find, as these are no longer in production and have not been for a long time therefore these are now highly sought after and rarely found as a matched pair in excellent all-original condition with light patina. This set of leather sling chairs was well cared for so the tubular steel frames are sturdy and structurally sound. The black saddle leather belting is made from high quality leather as you would expect from Knoll International in the 1970s, which we believe was their height of manufacturing. As they say "they don't make things like they used to". Knoll designs have been often copied so we highly suggest only purchasing signed examples. If you are looking at other listings, be sure to ask the dealer if theirs possess both labels so you know you are buying the real-thing. Also, the newer production versions with Knoll Studio stamps to the frame are less-desirable for collectors. Be sure to factor this in when making your decision, earlier production examples such as these are typically what collectors seek. Whether you're a designer seeking a quintessential piece or a collector adding to your modern design collection, these iconic chairs stand the test of time. Perfect for a Mid-Century Modern home or office, but can also work great in a Contemporary, Minimalistic, Postmodern, chinoiserie, Traditional, Transitional or Mixed-Style room. Can work great with other American Modern designs but also consider mixing with Danish Modern, Scandinavian Modern, Brazilian modern and Italian Modern designs. Consider for your or your client's, office, showroom, studio or home, consider using this chair in your living room, den or bedroom, it is quite attractive and comfortable and can be utilized in many different types of room settings. Also consider for commercial or hospitality uses such as a lobby lounge or bar, or executive office or boutique retail store. Great creative ideas to use as low chairs, easy chairs, side chairs, bedside chair, fireside chair, dressing or changing room chair, hallway chair, entryway or mudroom chair, nursing or reading chair, conference or meeting room chairs, guest chairs, lobby chairs, lounge chairs or occasional chairs ideal in virtually any setting. Condition: Excellent original vintage condition with only very light wear, evenly throughout. Wonderful early production (signed) pair, extremely well cared for by the original owners, these examples are ready for immediate use. Measurements: H 30.75" x W 22.25" x D 35" Seat height 16" Seat depth 17.75".

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  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Excellent original vintage condition with only very light wear, evenly throughout. Wonderful early production (signed) pair, extremely well cared for by the original owners, these examples are ready for immediate use.
  • Dimensions
    H 30.75 in. x W 22.25 in. x D 35 in.H 78.11 cm x W 56.52 cm x D 88.9 cm
  • Seat Height
    16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU1330217117422
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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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