Mies van der Rohe: The Man Behind the Barcelona Chair
Interested in learning about the original designer of the Barcelona Collection?
Whether you’re talking about your Barcelona Chair, its matching Barcelona Daybed, the amazing Barcelona Sofa, or the iconic Barcelona Table; we’ve assembled 3 highlights of the Barcelona Collection designer from mid-century modernist history for you to share!
A German-American Modernist Leader
The Barcelona Collection was originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1930. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is perhaps one of the most famous mid-century and modern architects and furniture designers.
Originally from Germany, Mies van der Rohe designed amazing works in Europe and served in leading positions in the Deutscher Werkbund and then in Bauhaus from 1930 until 1933 when it closed.
Once he immigrated to America, Mies van der Rohe also designed the Illinois Institute of Technology in which he served as Director in 1938 and the famous Seagram Building in New York.
The Barcelona Collection: His Master Work
The pieces in the Barcelona Collection: the Barcelona Chair, the Barcelona Day Bed, the Barcelona Table and Barcelona Sofa were pieces of the German Pavilion in the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition where they became instantly famous.
To this day, the German Pavilion of the Barcelona International Exposition is considered to be one of Mies van Der Rohe masterworks. Due to its simplicity, its spatial concept and its wise use of structures and materials, the Barcelona Collection made the German pavilion into the quintessential piece of mid-century modern furniture design and architecture.
Demolished after the Exhibition, thanks in part to the fame of the Barcelona Collection, the German Pavilion was reconstructed between 1985 and 1987 in its original location, following Mies van der Rohe’s plans.
Mies van der Rohe’s furniture style
Mies, as it was his nickname, designed mid-century modern furniture pieces using innovative industrial technologies that are still popular choices today.
The Barcelona Chair and Table are its most famous work, but along with the Brno chair, and the Tugendhat chair. Mies van der Rohe is a byword for excellent craftsmanship, traditional and modern luxurious materials, and a unique separation of the supporting structure and the supported surfaces. Features that can easily be seen in our reproductions of the Barcelona Collection.
There you have, some history behind Mies van der Rohe, the famous designer behind our Barcelona Collection. Now, you’ll be able to make an educated purchase and impress your friends and guests with your knowledge of mid-century modern furniture.