By Pasclina Comte. Barcelona Chair. Published at Friday, December 22nd, 2017 - 11:19:11 AM.
Whilst the labour intensive construction process has not been replaced, the original use of pig's skin for the covering and the bolting together of the legs were altered by Mies redesign in 1950. He instead used bovine leather for the covering and introduced the smooth and continuous lines of a single stainless steel frame for the chair to be built around. The classic ivory colouring remained, and still remains an integral feature of the Barcelona Chair 80 years on.
The Barcelona chair is sold by various furniture stores; several of these have online catalogs, which a prospective buyer can browse through. Although, there are several renditions of the Barcelona chair available in the market, they are usually made from chromed stainless steel with the single-piece frame being hand-buffed till a mirror finish is achieved. The upholstery consists of individual leather panels, 40 in number, which may be hand-welted and hand-tufted. In order to maintain the uniformity of appearance and texture, the leather panels are crafted from a single hide. The most favored colors are tan and black.
Two connected pairs of crossed steel bars constitute the framework of the chair; the front and back legs of the chair are curved, the back legs cross the front legs to form a double curve that supports the seat. Foam-rubber cushions are covered with buttoned leather and placed on the seat and the back by means of saddle-leather straps.
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.
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