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Barcelona chair

  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. «Barcelona chair».  Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. «Barcelona chair». Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

     
  

Category

Furniture

Date

1929

Artist

Mies van der Rohe

Original title

Silla Barcelona

The Barcelona chair is one of the most relevant symbols of the Bauhaus school. It was the most popular and widely used chair in the 20th century.

This peculiar chair was made as a prototype by Josef Müller's Metallgewerbe, a small locksmith's at the time. The Barcelona chair was made with bright yellow, red and blue varnish, as well as nickel and chrome-plated versions. It is shaped and welded by hand and has a layer of anthracite lacquer. The leather straps (eight on the seat and nine on the back of the chair) are joined to the structure with screws. The original stuffing is preserved, but not the upholstery.

This model seems to be a test which only has embroidery canvas straps. Except the Vitra Design-Museum in Weil am Rhein, no other museum in the world houses such an early model of this important chair.
 

Details of the work

Origin
Josef Müller's Metallgewerbe in Berlin

Object
Chair

Dimensions
78.5 cm x 82.5 cm x 83 cm.

Technique
Solder, casting, lacquer

Material
Steel, fabric, leather

  

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