By Romaine Delage. Barcelona Chair. Published at Thursday, December 21st, 2017 - 05:03:03 AM.
It was an exception to the modernistic ethos of the times: That designer furniture should be suitable for the general consumer market. This exception continues. The materials and build processes are involved and time consuming, for this reason, good quality examples continue to be costly.
There are many reproductions of this classic. Designer Furniture stores all around the world offer this chair at a fraction of the original price which has made is much more affordable without compromising quality. It is also available in many wonderful colours and fabrics. From bright orange cashmere to red to purple to tan leather, there are enough colours to suit everyone's taste. Usually the leather chairs are available immediately however with the many cashmere colours a wait of 8 weeks is not unusual as they are made to order.
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.
The design was changed in 1950, originally it was bolted together but the new frame was built in stainless steel which enabled it to be one piece of metal, giving it a much smoother look. Leather was also introduced for replacing pigskin.
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