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There’s a reason why some pieces of furniture became icons of their generation and emblematic symbols of their style. However, for interior design fans it’s often unclear why some pieces such as the Barcelona sofa were so important and deserving of a fame that extended to the present day, and even many times it’s unknown what are the characteristics that make remarkable a style like the Mid-Century Modern.

Barcelona Sofa
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Deciphering The Legend

First of all, it should be borne in mind that the creator of this wonder, the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is considered one of the key precursors and exponents of modern architecture. There is currently even an award that bears his name and is awarded every two years by the European Union and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona since 1988.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Sofa
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The very careful features of this model were undoubtedly those that made it such an important piece: individual leather panels sewn by hand and with handmade tufts, single cowhide produced in leather and buttons, high urethane foam cushions resistance and high quality, cowhide leather upholstery straps, straps stretched over rubber straps for cushioning support, 12mm tubular stainless steel legs of high finish (grade 304), 100% premium top grain Italian leather, and a design with scissor-shaped legs that reminded the Egyptian and Roman empires.

The Barcelona sofa was presented for the very first time in the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona. Check out the other designs available in our store to discover more wonderful examples of this trend.