This iconic chair was designed by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe in 1929 for the World Arts Fair held in Barcelona, Spain. He was an important architect in the early 20th century and was commissioned by the German government to design the German Pavilion. He also took on the task of designing furniture that would be suitable for the space. These chairs served as thrones for the King and Queen of Spain when they toured the Pavilion.
“The chair is a very difficult object. Everyone who has ever tried to make one knows that. There are endless possibilities and many problems – the chair has to be light, it has to be strong, it has to be comfortable. It is almost easier to build a sky scraper than a chair.” – Mies 1930
The Barcelona chair has become a classic because of its enduring beauty and sculptural nature. Mies redesigned the chair in 1950 (from a chrome frame to stainless steel) and gave permission to produce the chair for sale. It is still being manufactured according to Mies’ original specifications exclusively by Knoll Studio today.