Iconic Modern Classic Furniture Reproductions from the Bauhaus, Mid-Century and Scandinavian Modern Eras
The Barcelona Chair was designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Riech, his companion and working partner. This iconic chair, known at the time as the MR90, was created specifically for the Pavilion of German representation at the 1929 Universal Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain.
At this Pavilion, Mies van der Rohe emphasized his “less is more” approach to construction through the use of modern materials, minimal structural frameworks and plate glass walls. The MR90 chair and complementary table, were an integral part of this pavilion. Through the use of black leather cushions on polished steel frames, the clarity of line and form suited the interior of the Pavilion perfectly.
Through the years, the Barcelona Style Chair has undergone frequent design revisions from Knoll, so what one would find on the 1980 model is quite different from what you would find on the 2003, 2009 or 2012 model. We try to keep up with these changes, and thus, we manufacture our version of the Barcelona chair, which we call the Mies Exhibition chair, very close to the current "signature" design of the Barcelona Chair, as described in greater detail below.
|Comparison Feature:||"Signature" Brand||Modern Classics Brand||Most Others|
|High Quality Leather in wide variety of colors||Yes||YES- 15 standard Italian leather colors, or we can use your own leather or for an extra charge we use Swedish Leathers offered in even more colors.||No, usually just black, tan and white|
|Premium Stainless steel frame hand-polished to a mirror finish||NO, Mild steel with only flash chrome plating (or pay extra for stainless)||YES, Premium #304 stainless Steel hand polished to a mirror finish||Not always, mild steel with chrome plating; or lower quality stainless|
|Dimensions of the chair closely match the "signature" Brand||Yes||YES, dimensions match, and adjusted for greater seating comfort||Close, but usually not as deep|
|Smooth frame corners||Yes||YES, all seams are welded and ground smooth; leg ends are rounded||Not always ground smooth sharp edges on leg ends|
|Leather belting, finished on both top, bottom and sides; riveted to the frame (2 per strap on each end); 17 belts total||NO, Belting finished on one side only, screwed to frame||YES, leather belting finished on both sides and the edges too; riveted; 17 straps.||No, use faux leather or plastic straps|
|Leather on top, back and sides of cushions||Yes, all surfaces are leather except small area on seat bottom where there is nylon fabric||YES, all surfaces are leather except small area on seat bottom where there is nylon fabric||No, use faux leather backs and sides|
|Cushions use 40 leather panels, cut and hand-tufted, with hand-rolled welting on cushion faces; leather buttons the size of a dime||Yes||YES, hand-rolled welting dates back to the original design and we are one of the few who do this; dime sized, leather covered steel buttons||No, use piping for welting on cushions; buttons are all over the chart|
|Back cushion curved to the frame and attached with double snap system||Yes||YES, curved back cushion with angled bottom; 4 snaps hold the back cushion in place||No, square cushion and no snaps.|
|No Corner seams on the front and back cushion||Yes||YES, we have removed the corner seams on the cushions||Varies|
|Foam Density adjusted for comfort||Yes||YES, we use HR (High Resilient), Multi-Density Foam, Dacron wrapped for superb seat comfort and durability||No extra padding, comfort level poor|
|Retail Price (chair)||$7,000||$1,350||$900 or less|
|Exhibition Chair||Exhibition Ottoman||Exhibition Loveseat||Exhibition Sofa|
|Overall: 30.5w x 31.5d x 31h
Seat Height: 16.5
Seat Depth: 21.5
|Overall: 24w x 22.75d x 15.75h||Overall: 52w x 31.5d x 31h
Seat Height: 16.5
Seat Depth: 21.5
|Overall: 73 x 31.5d x 31h
Seat Hat: 16.5
Seat Depth: 21.5
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Modern Classics Furniture offers two levels of Leather for the Mies van der Rohe series: "Standard" and "Premium". Each of the these groupings feature:
We are happy to mail you a physical piece of leather so you can hold it in your hands. Just give a call or e-mail us with your address. Also, if you don't see the color you want, just let us know and we can try to source it.
Below are the swatches of the Standard leather colors we offer for the Mies van der Rohe Collection. Our standard leathers are full-grain, 100% aniline-dyed, corrected with a slight embossing. We do not use split hides leather. Leather thickness is generally 1.0 - 1.2 mm depending on application of seating component for stretching and tailoring the upholstery design and condition. Click on any of these swatches to see an enlarged view.
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Below are the swatches of the Premium leather colors we offer for the Mies van der Rohe Collection. There is generally a 12% - 20% up-charge for all Premium Leathers. Our Premium leathers are full-grain, 100% aniline-dyed. Our Premium grade leathers have a soft feel to them and much of the hides natural grain patterns are retained. They are also a little shinier than the Standard Leather. Premium leather thickness is generally the same the standard leather: 1.0 - 1.2 mm depending on application of seating component for stretching and tailoring the upholstery design and condition. Click on any of these swatches to see an enlarged view.
Here at Modern Classics Furniture, we focus tightly on manufacturing and selling furniture in the niche market known as Modern Classics furniture reproductions. Since 1998, we have been a recognized manufacturing and distribution source of modern classic furnishings. Our customers include world renowned architects, interior designers, office furniture dealers, corporate buyers, offices, airports, museums, hotels, and homeowners. We only sell what we make, thus allowing us to control the production process.