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Tugendhat Lounge Chair by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll Associates, 1960s, Signed

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This rare and spectacular 'Tugendhat' lounge chair, Model MR70, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll Associates, circa 1960, is signed with original Knoll Associates label under the seat cushion. This fantastic cantilevered lounge chair is similar in styling as the 'Barcelona' chair but since it was discontinued by Knoll it is much more rare and hard to find, and highly sought after by interior designers and collectors. Knoll Associates took over production from Berliner Metallgewerbe Josef Müller in the 1948. This example from the early 1960s after Knoll Associates moved to 320 Park Ave in New York. However since this is still by Knoll Associates prior to their change to Knoll International, this is still considered a 1st Generation Knoll example making it a collectors item and suitable for interior designers high end luxury residential and commercial projects. The Tugendhat easy chair would work great in a Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a contemporary or Postmodern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Consider using as a side chair, cafe or breakfast table chair, bedside chair, fireside chair, dressing or changing room chair, hallway chair, entryway or mudroom chair, nursing or reading chair, conference room chair, office or desk chair, guest chair, lobby chair, lounge chair or occasional chair ideal in virtually any setting. More about the design: The Tugendhat chair (model number MR70) is a modernist cantilever chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in collaboration with Lilly Reich 1929-1930 for the Tugendhat House in Brno, Czechoslovakia. In appearance, the Tugendhat chair is somewhat of a hybrid of van der Rohe and Reich's 1929 Barcelona chair and 1929-1930 Brno chair. Like the Barcelona chair, the Tugendhat chair has a large padded leather seat and back, supported by leather straps mounted on a steel frame and legs. However, like one variant of the Brno chair, the frame is flat solid steel, formed under into a C-shape under the seat to create a cantilever. Versions exist with or without leather-padded steel arms. The metal was originally polished stainless steel; modern examples are often chrome-plated. It was first produced by Joseph Müller Berliner Metall-Gewerbe and was later licensed to American furniture manufacturer Knoll, who produced a limited number of the chairs with and without arms from 1948. Condition: Excellent condition. Frames are polished and clean of rust. Leather cushions have been reupholstered with new foam, original label retained and affixed to underside of seat cushion. Measurements: H 33.75" x W 29.5" x D 29.25" Seat height 16.75" Seat depth 20.5".

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Excellent condition. Frames are polished and clean of rust. Leather cushions have been reupholstered with new foam, original label retained and affixed to underside of seat cushion.
  • Dimensions
    H 33.75 in. x W 29.5 in. x D 29.25 in.H 85.73 cm x W 74.93 cm x D 74.3 cm
  • Seat Height
    16.75 in. (42.55 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1330217260951
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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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