Double Signed Pair of Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Chairs for Knoll International For Sale
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Double Signed Pair of Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Chairs for Knoll International

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Being one of the most copied designs (and a timeless classic), we are always hesitant to purchase an unsigned Barcelona lounge chair and we suggest you be hesitant as well, so of course we were delighted to find this fantastic pair which are both double-signed with Knoll International tags showing the earlier 320 Park Ave address and Knoll Production (KP) stamp to both frames. With this set, you'll feel pride in that you have the "real thing", and an early rare double signed matching set at that... while your friends boast either a knock-off, reproduction or brand-new production-line versions which do not have the collectability value as the earlier originals such as this pair. Often, sellers will state their Barcelona chairs are by Knoll and often even state they are earlier productions (1960s and 1970s)... If they do not have Knoll Associates or Knoll International labels you should be very cautious of their claim. If they have a Knoll repeat pattern under the cushion or Knoll Studio stamps on the frame it means they are by Knoll but are the recent production versions and not the early originals. Considered to be the epitome of modern design, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich originally designed the Barcelona chair in 1929 to serve as seating for the king and queen of Spain in the German Pavilion. This was Germany's entry for the International Exhibition, hosted by Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. These club chairs were produced by Knoll International and are still to this day using the same specifications. These frames were made with polished chrome hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish with brown leather upholstery straps attached with aluminum rivets. The upholstery is fabricated from a single cowhide with each individual panel being cut, hand-welted and hand tufted with leather buttons. 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. Ideal for a living room, study, den or home cinema. They would also work well in a hospitality lobby or corporate location, such as; a private members club, conference room or executive office. Measurements: 30.25" H x 29.5" W x 30" D Seat height: 17" Frames are in excellent vintage condition with shiny and clean finish. No damage or issues to frame, one of the cleaner and nicer frames we've seen. KP stamp is found on both frames which is a huge plus to this set as most Barcelona frames are found without this important stamp which stands for Knoll Production and was only used in the earlier original productions of this design. Leather straps are in very good condition with no defects or issues. Sturdy and structurally sound. Leather cushions have had previous distressing but have been repaired and restored. Leather was re-dyed to Revive the color. Some areas with heavier visible repairs. Cushions are in overall good condition.

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Frames are in excellent original condition with no issues, very clean and bright finish. Straps are in very good condition with no issues. Leather cushions had prior distressing but have been repaired and re-dyed. See description for more details.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 30.25 in. x W 29.5 in. x D 30 in.H 76.84 cm x W 74.93 cm x D 76.2 cm
  • Seat Height
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU1330212714131
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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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