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MR Lounge Armchair by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International, Signed 1988

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An incredible collectors item, this rare early production 'MR' lounge armchair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll International, date stamped Jan 21, 1988 production, with original Knoll International labels to the underside of the seat cushion. An amazing find, as these are highly sought after and rarely found with original labels and in excellent all-original condition. Brand new with leather, current day Knoll reproductions retail for over $8,000 and new production examples from Knoll lack the desirability and collectibility that collectors and art / design investors seek. This chair is priced less than new Knoll Studio reproductions and is considered an "original" production Knoll International example, perfect for collectors, investors and luxury interior designer clients. The original straps on this easy chair is sturdy and does not need replacement, often these can get dry and cracked and need to be replaced. This example was well cared for so the grey leather straps are structurally sound. The frame has no issues, just light patina, and is also sturdy and sound. The light gray leather cushions are made from high quality leather as you would expect from Knoll International in the 1980s. 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 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. MEASUREMENTS: H 32.5" x W 24.75" x D 39" Seat Height: 17" Seat Depth: 19" Seat Width: 22" Arm Height: 23.5" CONDITION: Excellent original vintage condition with only very light patina, evenly throughout. Wonderful early production example, collectors piece, extremely well cared for by the original owners, this examples is ready for immediate use.


  • Creator
    Knoll (Manufacturer),Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.5 in. (82.55 cm)Width: 24.75 in. (62.87 cm)Depth: 39 in. (99.06 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Jan 21, 1988
  • Condition
    Excellent original vintage condition with only very light patina, evenly throughout. Wonderful early production example, collectors piece, extremely well cared for by the original owners, this examples is ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330221430822

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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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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 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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