The Mies Barcelona Chair

I could sit in this chair for hours. The Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, captures Mies’ aesthetic agenda of “almost nothing.”

It is a chrome and leather lounge chair in a pure and linear “Miesque” frame. The furniture reflects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s early work, as a pure classicist; a German-born architect, known for his “less is more” phrase and a dream of the purest, spatial perfection.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed the Barcelona chair and ottoman for the King and Queen of Spain, when they visited his 1929 German Pavilion, in Barcelona. Knoll Studio received the exclusive manufacturing rights by Mies in 1953 as well as trademark protection to the Barcelona collection.

Mies was a supreme Modernist of absolute austerity. Strangely, his rigorous structure feels poetic despite his struggle to express emotions in architecture—perhaps that was the Mies formula twist. We’ll take it.