Of course, the Barcelona Chair, and the Barcelona Collection had without a doubt a vast influence on the Interior Design World, but what about other works Did L. Mies van der Rohe, and its great collaborator, Lilly Roche? Are there other interesting, marvelous designs like the Barcelona Daybed? The framework for most of the furniture work of van der Rohe covers the last years of the decade of the 20s. Neither was made before or after. But the legacy from that time is still highly popular. Let’s take a look at the other two creations from that period: The Brno Chair and the MR Chair.
The quest for a modern chair
The Brno Chair and the MR Chair were designed from 1927 to 1929, by L. Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Roche, with the collaboration of Sergius Ruegenberg. They both had the same concept with some notable variations but always looking for the same purpose: A modern chair that transcends the classical four legs scheme.
The MR Chair (also known as the Weissenhoff Chair), released in 1927 for the Weissenhoff International Exposition, and it has an original “C” frame, made of steel. Its seat and back is made originally with wicker upholstery, which treatment was one of the special skills acquired by Lilly Roche. It is a revolutionary concept of simplicity and beauty. Originally without arms, it has a version with arms support, too.
On the other hand, the Brno Chair was originally made for the Tugendhat Residence in Brno, Czech Republic. While it keeps the “C Frame” as structure, it has some variations, as its arms are the upper side of the frame, and the seat is solid. Upholstered in leather, there are two versions of this chair: With tubular stainless steel and with flat stainless steel or chrome-plated steel. The Brno Chair is known too as the MR50 Chair, and there is a later, most elaborated version named MR70, with a more structure back seat, while keeping the same principles. The Brno Chair is now a classic furniture chair, with very renditions all over the world.
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