Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture, German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe championed a ‘less is more’ approach to design and has gone down in history of one of the most important contributors to modern design.


Beginning his career as an apprentice at Peter Behrens’s architecture studio alongside Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, van der Rohe went on to design iconic buildings such as the Friedrichstraße Skyscraper in Berlin, the German Pavilion for the Barcelona World Fair, and Villa Tugendhat in the Czech Republic. An avid modernist, it is no wonder that he went on to become the third and final director of the Bauhaus.

Always championing comfort and functionality with contemporary and artistic aesthetics, van der Rohe also turned his hand to furniture design. Creating instantly recognisable pieces such as the S533 R and Barcelona Chairs, as well as the MR Table, his work has been honoured with places in permanent exhibitions across the world, including at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie that he designed himself.

Barcelona Chair

Offering unparalleled comfort, the Barcelona Chair was designed by Lilly Reich along with van der Rohe in 1929 and is now one of the most celebrated designs of all time.

The chair was designed to offer a decadent and comfortable resting place for the King of Spain as he visited the German Pavilion at the International Exposition of 1929. This icon of modern design is also available with a coordinating ottoman, a refined piece that allows the Barcelona range to offer superior comfort.

Usually dressed in fine leather which provides a delicate grain and texture with a breathable protective finish, the Barcleona's authenticity is guaranteed by Knoll’s logo and the designer’s signature, tastefully engraved on the right leg. A timeless and renowned design, the Barcelona Chair would be the perfect piece to add sophistication to any space.

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