Barcelona chair was among the one of the elite class furniture goods. The Barcelona chair, couch and table were the state of the art creation of the famous and very popular George Kolbe. Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe. His work reflect the revival of Germany’s cultural competence and prove without any doubt their creative accomplishments and commercial feasibility.
The much popular Barcelona chair was the result of the efforts of both Mies and Lilly Reich who was his long time partner. Reich was a highly skilled architect and designer and her master pieces are still very much famous. She has an honor to become the first female member of Deutscher Werkbund an organization whose main objective was the German Design Industry, its quality, evolution and promotion.
It is hard to find who gave more when two people contribute to a design. Nevertheless the fact that Mies did furniture design only with Reich, he did not design furniture before his association with Reich and that he did not patent any more designs after he left her.
The Barcelona chair designs had been inspired by ancient folding camping chairs. The modern style of furniture gave more liberty and diversity to the designers. The Barcelona chair was the pioneer of modern furniture and its design had changed the whole concept of classic furniture.
In original Chair chrome plated steel was used. The frames were bolted together. Leather straps were introduced to suspend the cushions covered with ivory colored pig hide. In 1950 the chair was redesigned using stainless steel. The seamless frames formed a fluid structure. The bovine leather was used instead of pig hide.
Knoll holds the sole right to manufacture original chairs. The originals carry the signature of the maestro and are accompanied with Certificate of Authenticity.
The Barcelona chair does not come easy on the pocket, thus it is but natural that Barcelona chair imitations are available all over. The attraction with this marvelous item has not declined in the years. In market most of the cheap chairs are not of admirable quality and also do not last long. Also only few manufacturers reproduce Barcelona chairs with promising excellence.
The fame of chair can be measured from the fact that online Barcelona chair autocad tutorials are also available to designers who wish to design similar chairs for their clients.
The Barcelona chair was the pride of erstwhile Germany at the world exposition. This master piece was considered as a symbol of royalty. Even today it is a collector’s item and a veritable eye soother.