Comparison Guide: Mies van der Rohe Exhibition Bench - Barcelona Bench Reproduction

52 Inch Bench 72 Inch Bench
Overall: 52"w x 21.5"d x 15"h (18" with 12" leg)
Seat Height: 15" or 18" with 12" leg
Overall: 72"w x 21.5"d x 15"h (18" with 12" leg)
Seat Height: 15" or 18" with 12" leg
$1,410 (base price) $1,760 (base price)
Comparison Feature: "Signature" Brand Modern Classics Brand Most Others
High Quality Italian Leather in wide variety of colors Yes YES- 17 colors leather No, just black and tan.
Stainless steel legs polished to high luster NO, Mild steel with Chrome plating YES, Stainless Steel legs polished; plastic floor glide. No, mild steel with chrome plating
Hardwood frame; 1.5 inches thick; braced Yes YES, frame is solid hardwood (walnut or ash depending on the final finish); two wood cross braces; 1.5" x 4" No, pressboard with wood veneer; thin metal braces & no wood cross braces
Leather belting for straps; finished on both top and sides; color matches the cushion No, top finished only YES, real belted leather; color matched to cushion No, faux leather straps; don't always match the cushion
Real Leather on back and sides of cushions Yes YES, Italian top grain leather used on top and sides and most of underneath the cushion No, faux leather backs and sides
Foam Density adjusted for comfort Yes YES, we use HR (High Resilient), Multi-Density Foam, Dacron wrapped for superb cushion comfort and durability No, thin cushion with no extra padding, comfort level poor
Available in Two Heights No YES, your choice of 15 or 18 inch bench height No
Retail Price (2 Seater) $3,000 $1,410 ???
Retail Price (3 Seater) $5,000 $1,760 ???

The Barcelona Bench was designed in the late 1920's by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Riech, his companion and working partner. This iconic Bench was created for a one of the many projects they were working on at the time, although it is unclear when exactly this was created. Our reproduction of the Mies van der Rohe "Barcelona Bench", which we call the Exhibition Bench, is a well made piece of furniture.  There was only one size bench that was originally designed, with one height. However, we offer two sizes of benches, a 52 and 72 long version, in two different heights: 15 and 18 inches.

The frame of our Exhibition Benches are constructed from premium grade hardwood (walnut or ash) - 4" wide x 1.5" thick - with 4 finish choices: medium walnut, dark walnut, rosewood walnut, or ebonized black ash. The stainless steel legs are hand-polished to a high luster finish, are 1.5 inches in diameter and have a smooth plastic foot. There is a choice of seat height: either the standard 15" height (using 9 inch legs) or 18" seat height (using 12 inch legs).

The cushion surfaces consist of 36 (on the 2-seater) or 62 (on the 3-seater) individual top-grain, aniline dyed leather panels; each piece is cut and hand-sewn and have a hand-rolled welting, a technique found on the "signature" brand, but not found in other reproductions on the market. Inside the cushion is high resilient - high density polyurethane foam. The cushion is supported by heavy saddle leather straps screwed to the frame and whose top match the leather color.


  • Solid wood frame available in four wood finishes
  • Matching leather belting and polished stainless steel legs
  • High Resilient Multi-Density Foam
  • Choice of top-grain leather colors

Modern Classics Furniture offers two levels of Leather for the Mies van der Rohe Collection: "Standard" and "Premium". 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 page.

Below are the swatches of the leather colors we offer for the Mies van der Rohe Collection. 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.

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L103- Polar White Leather L107- Snow White: Leather L211- Premium - Beige White Leather L115- Café Au Lait Leather L119- Neutral Tan Leather L123- Autumn Tan Leather
Polar White
Snow White
Beige White
Cafe au Lait
Neutral Tan
Autumn Tan
L227- Premium - Golden Tan Leather L228- Premium - Honey Tan Leather L131- Cocoa Brown Leather L235- Premium - Espresso Leather L135- Java Brown Leather L139- Charcoal Gray Leather
Golden Tan
Honey Tan
Cocoa Brown
Espresso Brn
Java Brown
Charcoal Gray
L143- Standard Black Leather L244- Premium - Matte Black Leather L147-Standard Red Leather L247- Premium - Red Leather
Std. Black
Prem. Black
Std. Red
Prem. Red

We currently offer 4 standard finishes choices. Because we do our own finishing, we can usually custom make a item in a finish not shown, for an extra charge and a 25 piece minimum. Another advantage of in-house finishing is the same stain can be used across our entire product line, no matter who the designer. Something that DWR can't even do at three times the cost! Click on any image to see an enlarged view.

Walnut Medium (Walnut With Medium Stain) Walnut Rosewood (Walnut With Rosewood Stain) Ebonized Black (Hardwood With Solid Black Finish) Walnut Dark (Walnut With Dark Stainr)
Walnut Medium
W04- Walnut
Ebonized Black
Walnut Dark

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.

Why we are your top choice for Modern Classic Furniture Reproductions:
  • We make and sell only our own products -- we do not sell other manufacturer's product, nor will you find our products elsewhere on the web.
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Chicago, Illinois (Fine Arts Building)

Location: 410 S Michigan Avenue, Suite 306, Chicago IL 60605
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 to 4
Showroom Manager: Alison Mitchell 773-572-9449
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Dallas, Texas (Dallas Design District)

Location: 4307 Alpha Rd, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 (Musgrave Assoc.)
Hours: By Appointment only right now.
Contact: Nick Fain 214-215-4669 or Curt Roth 360-733-6400
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Bellingham, Washington (Downtown)

Location: 1418 N State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 12 to 5
Showroom Manager: Curt Roth: 360-733-6400
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