The seating furniture that has been designed in the end of the 20es by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the German pavilion of the world exposition in Barcelona, counts to the absolute classic today, deservedly. On one hand because the ensemble of the clear pavilion made the cold lifestyle famous later – becoming the “International Style”. On the other hand, because there are historic references. That is how Greek folding chairs (scissor- or driving-chairs as throne for gods and monarchs) served as inspiration. More or less this is a new-time throne (without folding function).
In reality, the furniture pieces for the Barcelona pavilion fulfilled highly representative purposes in their initial context: They should serve as royal chairs during the opening ceremony of the world exposition in Barcelona.
This conception stands in contrast to the social, even socialistic aims, which was kept by many protagonists of the “New Constructing” at that time. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe used band steel and leather upholstery on the world exposition in celebrity white. The chair Barcelona was a luxury furniture and moreover hardly suitable for the series. The frame had to be welded sophistically by hand, which meant that the chair could be firstly produced in a changed version from 1948 on. However, it is a really innovative design which enlarged the repertoire of modern times.
- Characteristics: A signed KnollStudio-Furniture, which is manufactured with Mies van der Rohe initial specifications. In 1953 the designer offered exclusive market and production rights to Knoll. Also a children’s edition of the Barcelona Stool is available. The logo KnollSTudio and the signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are imprinted in every furniture piece.
- Surface: Available in different spinneybeck-leathers. The frame is chromed and polished.
- Awards: Award of the Museum of Modern Art, 1977.