Our Item No: MC-1001

Standard Leather Price: $1,350

Premium Leather Price: $1,510

Key Features:
  • #304 Stainless Steel Frame
  • Top grain Italian leather
  • Real leather belting, finished on all four sides
  • Matching buttons and leather piping throughout
Overall Dimensions: 30.5"w x 31.5"d x 31"h
Seat Height: 17.5"
Seat Dimensions: 30.5"w x 18"d
Weight: 49 pounds

Comparison Chart: Modern Classics vs. the Competition

Base Price(with Shipping)

  • Modern Classics: $1,350
  • Signature Brand: $5,592
  • Room and Board: $2,799
  • Rove Concepts: $1,455
  • Cheap Low-Market Chairs: $ 839

Frame Dimensions

  • Our frame dimensions are modeled from original 1964 engineering - production drawings, and are the closest to the designer's original intent of the model updated from his original 1929 version model. Our seat cushions are 18.5 inch deep, the deepest among the competitors and our seat slope extends from 17 inches in the front to 13 inches at the back, allowing it to be easy to get in and out of the chair while adding an extra comfortable sitting experience.
    5.00 out of 5
  • Dimensions have been changed through the years. The current version has a very sloped seat, making it difficult to get in and out of the chair, along with a poor sitting position.
    3.00 out of 5
  • Frame dimension are seems slightly smaller in overall size than our version and the curve on the back legs is not correct.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Frame dimensions are a close match the Signature version, so they have the same problems with steeper slope and poor sitting position.
    3.00 out of 5
  • Frame dimension seem slightly smaller in overall size than our version and the curve on the back legs is not correct. Not to specifications.
    1.00 out of 5

Frame Metal

  • Our Frame is No. 304 grade stainless steel hand-polished to a mirror-like finish. Polished stainless is recognized as a more natural appearance metal feature than plated chrome. Stainless steel is easy to maintain, repairable by hand polishing and offers a near life-time of trouble fee use.
    5.00 out of 5
  • Frame is polished chrome hand-ground and hand-buffed to a mirror finish. The chrome plating process of metals has been noted as a generally unsafe manufacturing process for our environment and when scratched or chipped, the steel will rust and it cannot be easily repaired.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Frame is chrome plated to a shiny blue-tint finish. Once again, the chrome plating process of metals has been noted as a generally unsafe manufacturing process for our environment and when scratched or chipped, the steel will rust and it cannot be easily repaired.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Frame is #304 stainless steel hand-polished to a mirror-like finish.
    4.00 out of 5
  • Frame is lower grade stainless steel, machined-polished and has a dull, milky finish. Does not look like chrome or very good stainless steel.
    1.00 out of 5

Frame Straps/Snaps

  • Our Upholstery straps are cowhide leather belting, dyed to match specified upholstery color - 17 straps are used for cushion support. Our Upholstery Straps are attached to the chair's frame with stainless steel rivets. Back cushion is held in place with 4 snaps; seat cushion is held in place with three snaps. Snaps are stainless steel.
    5.00 out of 5
  • Upholstery straps are cowhide leather belting, dyed to match specified upholstery color - 17 straps are used for cushion support. Straps are attached with aluminum rivets. Back cushions is held in place with 4 snaps; seat cushion is held in place with three snaps. Snaps are zinc plated steel.
    4.00 out of 5
  • Upholstery straps are cowhide leather belting, dyed to match specified upholstery color - 17 straps are used for cushion support. Straps are attached with zinc-plated rivets. Back cushion is held in place with only 2 snaps; seat cushion is held in place with three snaps. Snaps are zinc plated steel.
    4.00 out of 5
  • Upholstery straps are cowhide leather belting, dyed to match specified upholstery color - 17 straps are used for cushion support. Straps are attached with zinc-plated rivets. Back cushion is held in place with 4 snaps; seat cushion is held in place with three straps like belt buckle. Snaps are zinc plated steel.
    4.00 out of 5
  • Upholstery straps are bonded leather belting, dyed to match specified upholstery color - 17 straps are used for cushion support. Straps are attached with zinc-plated rivets. Back cushion is held in place with only 2 snaps; seat cushion is held in place with three buckles. Snaps are zinc plated steel.
    1.00 out of 5

Foam Details

  • We use luxury grade HR (High Resilient) Multi-Density Foam construction giving our customers a very comfortable sitting experience - the most comfortable on the market! The foam is environment and people safe produced by a major world-recognized foam supplier. The foam is rated and independent laboratory tested for commercial safety grade fire and smoke standards for Europe and USA. Additionally, the foam is wrapped with Dacron polyester fiberfill for additional softness and seat comfort.
    5.00 out of 5
  • Use highly resilient urethane foam with down-like Dacron polyester fiberfill on the outside. Their foam density is high, making the cushions extra hard and not very comfortable.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Use highly resilient urethane foam with down-like Dacron polyester fiberfill on the outside. Foam density is low, making the cushions extra soft and not very comfortable.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Use inexpensive foam with no Dacron polyester fiberfill wrapped on the on the outside of the foam. Foam density is high, making the cushions extra hard and not very comfortable.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Use inexpensive foam with no Dacron polyester fiberfill wrapped on the on the outside of the foam. Foam density is high, making the cushions extra hard and not very comfortable.
    1.00 out of 5

Cushion Dimensions

  • Our back and seat cushions are slightly taller and deeper to the frame, so they look good when someone is seated in them (no folding inward or excess pillowing of the cushions) or when the chair is unoccupied. Our back cushion has the proper curve to match the frame.
    5.00 out of 5
  • Current version back and seat cushions are shorter and appear to overly exposed the frame when seated in it. Back cushion has the proper curve to match the frame; seat cushion has scalloped back edge to match the curve of the frame.
    3.00 out of 5
  • Seat cushion is too short, so the frame is exposed and making it uncomfortable to sit in. Back cushion does not have the proper curve to match the frame; seat cushion is not scalloped back edge to match the curve of the frame.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Rove's back cushions are too tall and and their seat cushions are too short, giving it a peculiar appearance. Back cushion does not have the proper curve to match the frame; seat cushion has scalloped back edge to match the curve of the frame.
    3.00 out of 5
  • Seat and back cushions are too big for the frame, making it uncomfortable to sit in. Back cushion does not have the proper curve to match the frame; seat cushion is not scalloped back edge to match the curve of the frame.
    1.00 out of 5

Cushion Sewing

  • Our Cushions are upholstered with 40 individual panels, which are hand-cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather buttons about the size of a dime. Our Cushions have leather on top, back and sides, with no seams on the front and top corners.
    5.00 out of 5
  • Upholstered with 40 individual panels, which are cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather buttons about the size of a dime. Cushions have leather on top, back and sides, with no seams on the front and top corners.
    4.00 out of 5
  • Upholstered with 40 individual panels, but use corded piping between the panels. Leather buttons are about the size of a dime. Cushions have leather on top, back and sides, with no seams on the front and top corners.
    2.00 out of 5
  • Upholstered with 40 individual panels, which are cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather buttons about the size of a dime. Cushions have leather on top, back and sides, with no seams on the front and top corners.
    4.00 out of 5
  • Upholstered with 40 individual panels, but use corded piping between the panels. Buttons about the size of a quarter and are visible from the back.
    1.00 out of 5

Upholstery Materials

  • We offer 18 imported Italian leather colors as standard, with the option of providing your own leather or selecting from our wide range of color and texture selection of stock European leather colors for a minor surcharge. We also offer our exclusive Boucle Fabric in 20 colors for our chairs.
    5.00 out of 5
  • Only 6 leather colors are offered as standard, with the option of selecting from the entire Spinneybeck leather collection for a substantial surcharge. Not offered in Fabric or in your own materials.
    3.00 out of 5
  • Offer only 3 leather colors, not offered in Fabric, custom leather or in your own materials. Do not offer to send out leather samples.
    1.00 out of 5
  • Offer 12 Italian leather colors as standard, not offered in Fabric, custom leather or in your own materials.
    4.00 out of 5
  • Typically offered in only 1 or 2 leather colors: black and white. Upholstery might be leather, bonded leather, or vinyl; in any case, not quality A level Italian or USA leather.
    1.00 out of 5

Product Description

We make and excellent reproduction of the Mies van der Rohe lounge chair known the world over as the "Barcelona Chair" Shown here with premium espresso brown leather, our frame is constructed from premium grade solid bar stock stainless steel. All joints are fully welded, sealed, and seamless. The frame is hand-polished to a mirror finish. The geometry of the frame is accurate to the Mies van der Rohe original design. Four snaps attach the back cushion to the frame; 2 snaps and a belt attach the bottom cushion to the frame.

The cushion surfaces consist of 40 individual top-grain leather panels; each piece is cut and hand-sewn using a hand-rolling welting technique found only on the "signature" brand and our brand, but not found in other replicas on the market. The seat and back cushions are filled with high resilient - high density polyurethane foam that is CAL117 flame test rated. The cushions are supported by heavy saddle leather straps riveted to the frame and whose top and side edges match upholstery color. Front and top corners of the cushions have no exposed seams. Compared to the "signature" brand and other similar chairs on the market, ours is much more comfortable.

Overall Dimensions: 30.5"w x 31.5"d x 31"h
Seat Height: 17.5"
Seat Dimensions: 30.5"w x 18"d
Weight: 49 pounds

Leather Choices

Modern Classics Furniture offers two levels of Leather: 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.

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.

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Customer Comments

Just received 2 'Barcelona' style chairs from Curt at Modern Classics. They are so close to the real ones that you have to look at minute details to tell them apart. The quality of leather and workmanship is very good. They were packaged so well that even a gorilla type shipping company would have to over achieve to damage them.

A. PerkinsMarch, 2016

As a licensed architect working over 30 years in the industry I come across very few professionals that truly care about delivering excellence at a reasonable price and as promised. The quality and craftsmanship of the furniture is excellent and the service from Modern Classics is great. Both Curt and Kalea do a wonderful job. I would highly recommend them for your needs and I am certain you will be happy with their product. Take a look every rating is 5 stars. There is a reason for that.

Barcelona Chair in Polar White

D. Swartz September, 2016

Modern Classics provides excellent quality reproductions of "classic" modern furniture for reasonable prices. Recently ordered 2 Mies van der Rohe: Exhibition Chairs. They are awesome!! Stainless steel is polished to a mirror-like finish; leather is soft and buttery. The angle of the seat makes the chairs super-comfortable. There were a couple "hiccups" with the order, and Curt from Modern Classics handled them quickly and professionally. He made everything right as quickly as was possible. Great customer service. Would highly recommend Modern Classics and the Mies van der Rohe: Exhibition Chairs to a friend. Would buy from Modern Classics again. A 5-star organization.

Mies Exhibition Chair in Beige White

CJ Glynn November, 2015