Comparison Guide: Barcelona Chair Replicas
Use this guide to compare the Barcelona Style chair we manufacture with our closest competitors' versions, including the Signature Brand. We purposely excluded from this comparison the inferior chairs offered to the market; those published to sell for under $700 per chair. The primary reason why these chairs are so low price is due to lower grade material specifications, poor crafting and a lack of attention to the fine design details in manufacturing this model. It is almost an insult to the iconic design.
Comparison Chart: Modern Classics vs. the Competition
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Our Product Details
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 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 2016 model. We have engineered our chair based on original drawings from 1964 and we manufacture our chairs as closely as possibly to the original design content and intent of these 1964 production level product drawings, which may have even been approved by Mies van der Rohe himself, it is not known for sure. We call our version of the Barcelona chair the Mies Exhibition Chair, very close to the original design intent of the chair, vs. the modified design of the "signature" version of the Barcelona Chair.
- - Overall: 30.5w x 31.5d x 31h
- - Interior: 30.5w x 18d
- - Seat Height: 17.5h
- - Weight: 49lbs
Modern Classics Furniture offers two levels of Leather for the Mies van der Rohe series: Standard and Premium Leather. Each of the these groupings feature:
- Top-grain leather from Grade A hides
- Semi aniline-dyed (standard) and 100% aniline-dyed (premium)
- Made in Italy and imported to our factory
- No split hides or bonded leather
We are happy to mail you a physical piece of leather so you can hold it in your hands. Just go you our material sample request form. 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 leather colors we offer for our Barcelona Style Chair. Our standard leathers (denoted with the prefix L1) are top-grain, semi-aniline-dyed, corrected with a slight embossing. Our Premium leathers (denoted with the prefix L2) are top-grain, 100% aniline-dyed and 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. 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. Both the Standard and Premium Leathers are considered equally durable and are ideal for home or commercial use.
Click on any of these swatches to see an enlarged view.
We now offer our own exclusive collection "boucle" textured fabric in an extensive collection of colors that are particularly suited for the mid-century modern furniture we make. This fabric and colors were custom made just for us, at a well known North America mill. Made of 100% polyester, our boucle's are soft, durable (250K double rubs), stain and UV resistant. We have arranged these swatches in color groups below. We are happy to mail you a physical piece of fabric so you can hold it in your hands, just complete this material sample request form. If you have a specific fabric in mind, we can either order it or we can use your supplied fabric. In either case, we need to approve the fabric to ensure it can be applied to the specific piece of furniture and we will need to provide a price quote.
We are happy to mail you a physical piece of fabric so you can hold it in your hands. Just go you our material sample request form. Also, if you don't see the color you want, just let us know and we can try to source it.
|Fabric Name:||Modern Boucle Fabric|
|Content:||100% Post-Consumer recycled Polyester|
|Weight:||22 oz/linear yard|
|Finish:||Greenshield™ (High Performance, Eco-friendly stain guard that beads liquids and easy to clean)|
|Abrasion Resistance:||250,000 Double Rubs|