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Pair of 1960s Knoll Barcelona Chairs by Mies van der Rohe

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Pair of fine 1960s Knoll Barcelona chairs designed by Mies van der Rohe. This pair produced in the 1960s. Reupholstered in a Knoll Spencer in Caramel micro-loop cocoa brown fabric with original leather straps underneath. Original Knoll tag attached, preserved in plastic wrap. Beautiful tufted panels, wonderful chromed steel. An extraordinary quality, design and workmanship in this vintage pair. One of the most iconic pieces of the 20th century, the Barcelona chair encapsulates Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's famous maxim "less is more." Van der Rohe originally designed the chair for the German pavilion for the International exposition of 1929 hosted in Barcelona, Spain. Measurements: 30 inches wide x 30 inches deep x 30 inches high back x 18 inches high seat in front sloping back.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Reupholstered with Spemcer in Caramel, a micro-loop Knoll fabric, original leather straps, chromed steel clean and bright.
  • Dimensions
    H 30 in. x W 30 in. x D 30 in.H 76.2 cm x W 76.2 cm x D 76.2 cm
  • Seat Height
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU830117224852
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About Knoll (Maker)

As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.


     The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design—a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems—as Knoll furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.


     Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona Chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily chair and the grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of Modernism.

About the Seller

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Located in Miami, FL
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