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Pair of Mies Van Der Rohe Mr1 Stools, circa 1927

$12,000per set

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A pair of nickel-plated tubular metal stools with woven rattan seats designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, manufactured by either Berliner Metallgewerbe Josef Müller or Bamberg Metallwerkstatten, circa 1927. This design appears in the 1931 catalogue of furniture created by Mies and collaborator Lilly Reich. While Lilly played an important role in Mies’s life, his fame has often overshadowed her many contributions as his partner. For over a decade, the two were personal and professional partners, curating and executing exhibitions for the Deutscher Werkbund, as well as designing modern furniture for large architectural projects, such as the Barcelona Pavilion at the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition. It is of note that Mies did not fully develop any modern furniture successfully before or after his collaboration with Reich. Two stools available. Seats rewoven.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Width: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Depth: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Bauhaus (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1927
  • Condition
    Rewoven. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3832320676022

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About the Designer

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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 work on the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona (commonly referred to as the Barcelona Pavilion) — which Mies codesigned with Lilly Reich, his creative and romantic partner — 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 the most famous furniture designs authored by him or codesigned with Reich. Pieces designed by Mies and Reich such as the Barcelona chair, stools and daybed, 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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