By Pasclina Comte. Barcelona Chair. Published at Friday, December 22nd, 2017 - 11:19:11 AM.
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.
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.
Typical 1920s furniture was luxurious, sophisticated in style and very glamorous in design. Mies and Reich strayed from the conventional and introduced clean, minimalist lines, drawing on Mies legacy of favouring simplicity and clarity alongside a balanced blend of creativity and rationality. This approach led to the creation of a chair which has a definitive place in history as an icon of modern design; a piece symbolic of the longstanding relationship between Mies and Reich.
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