By Romaine Delage. Barcelona Chair. Published at Thursday, December 21st, 2017 - 05:21:41 AM.
The iconic and classic designer chair, favoured by a selective audience, was made in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for Germany's entry to the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville, Spain. Taking inspiration from ancient history such as the Pharaohs and Romans the legendary chair, also known as the Pavilion Chair, marked a milestone in furniture design of the 1920s.
In 1953 van der Rohe gave up his rights and his name on the design to Florence Knoll, because he knew the design patents were expired. This collaboration renewed popularity in the design and has since become such an iconic and popular piece.
The much acclaimed Barcelona chair was the outcome of the involvement of both Mies and Lilly Reich, his long time partner and companion, a fact that has come to light only recently. Reich was a highly commended designer and architect. She was the first woman to become the member of Deutscher Werkbund an organization whose main focus was the German Design Industry, its quality, evolution and promotion.
The Barcelona chair sometimes known as the Pavillion Chair was designed by Mies van der Rohe for the German Pavilion in 1929, it was to be the country's entry for the International Exposition hosted by Barcelona, Spain. They were designed to compliment the pavilion during the fair. With their elegant form they were seen as more of a sculptural object. An icon of modernism and still to this day looks like a piece of modern furniture, the design was inspired by the campaign and folding chairs of ancient times.
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