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The Barcelona chair and its amazing history

Mies van der Rohe was a famous and special architect who form part of the world of architecture and furniture design 20th century. The Barcelona chair is may or may not his most famous furnishing creation. This iconic model was specially designed to intend for the Spanish royal family to rest their weary legs at the 1929 Barcelona Exposition.

This model was inspired in the  “X” shapes of Egyptian folding chairs and Roman folding stools. An interesting fact about this is that the first model wasn’t completely designed as it is now and also was not intended to sell. The last version that Mies created years before the original was taken from Knoll to reproduce and sell to the public.

Understanding the differences between Industrial and mid-century modern style

Industrial Style | 2000 – 2010

Industrial style it’s defined by “an aesthetic trend in interior design that takes clues from old factories and industrial spaces that in recent years have been converted to lofts and other living spaces”. This style was found in urban areas, which is a great option for a creative person because it offers to the owner an empty and blank area to start your design from scratch 

How can you recognize the Industrial style?

If you are looking at a living room, for example, take a first look at the ceiling, it can look rustic with steel details. Also, look at all the components within the complete design, it should include plywood, building systems, exposed brick, industrial lighting fixtures, and concrete.

Here is an example for you to better understand how the industrial style should look like:

industrial interior design with steelchair

Do you notice all the factors mentioned? The combination of rustic and unpretentious good looks, the gray color, and the neutral palette, the different textures placed on the walls and chairs. Which other item do you see? Comment below!

Mid-Century Modern Style | 1940-1960

Now let’s talk about the mid-century modern style, this is “an American design movement in interior, product, graphic design, architecture, and urban development that was popular from roughly 1945 to 1969 during the United States’s post–World War II period”. 

Mies van der Rohe was an incredible figure who contributed to this movement and besides furnishing, incredible structures such as Chicago Federal Complex and the Farnsworth House. 

How to recognize the Mid-century modern

Recognizing this style is easy because it is typically characterized by clean, simple lines, use of beautiful materials such as chrome steel, glass, and light wood, it also does not include decorative embellishments. Mid-century modern furniture is characterized by simplicity and functionality.

So, can you use the Barcelona chair in both styles?

The question everyone’s doing: Is the Barcelona chair fittable in mid-century or Industrial style? The answer is in both!

Although the Barcelona chair has maybe more influence in mid-century modern style, its materials and design are so versatile that you can implement this piece in your design. 

Its special features like Italian leather, stainless steel frame, and 40 individual panels cut, welted, and tufted by hand are characteristics fittable and both styles.