By Pasclina Comte. Barcelona Chair. Published at Thursday, December 21st, 2017 - 05:02:11 AM.
Despite this, it's easy to be duped into buying a low quality product without knowing it. To ensure your replica Barcelona chair is of the highest standard, there are a few main tells you can keep an eye out for. Are the cushions of the correct proportion? Many cheaper reproductions have cushions which are too large. Not only does this throw off the carefully considered proportions of Mies and Reich's design, it can also be indicative of lower quality materials.
In 1950, the original design was improved upon by Mies which resulted in a fully welded object in which additional braces at the welding points were eliminated. The one-piece frame made of stainless steel offered higher strength and spring.
Today, the classic Barcelona Chair remains exclusive, excelling in popularity among the well-off and culturally intelligent, retailing for approximately £4,500. Its reputation has not faltered over time, leading to a vast amount of reproductions being available on the market. Genuine, high quality reproductions do not disregard the intensive labour which went into making the original Barcelona Chair; the formal and royal influences are maintained through continuous attention to detail, ensuring quality is at the forefront of reproducing an iconic masterpiece.
The Barcelona chair, which is considered to be a modern classic and one of the most elegant chairs of the 20th century, was designed by Mies van der Rohe. He designed the chair at the International Exposition in Barcelona in 1929. Mies van der Rohe drew inspiration for his design from an Egyptian folding chair and a Roman folding stool. The chair was created to replicate a throne and made its first appearance during the inaugural ceremony by the Spanish royal family at the exposition. The chair exudes grandeur and class and at the same time it is light and strong. The Barcelona chair is considered by common consensus to be the pinnacle of a harmonized approach to materials, design, and workmanship.
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