We wrote this review and comparison guide to help you figure out who makes the best Barcelona Style Bench, which we call the Exhibition Bench. We have only highlighted 4 sellers of thsee iconic benches, the primary contenders if you will, and while it seem slightly bias toward our versions, the points are valid and we hope support the notion that our version of these benches are the best value proposition on the market.

Exhibition Narrow Bench

Exhibition Narrow Bench
Our Item No. MC-1009
Base Price $ 1,020
Overall Dimensions: 41.5"w x 15.5"d
Seat Height: 15 or 18 inches
(depending on leg choice)
Weight: 34 pounds

Exhibition 2-Seat Bench

Exhibition 2-Seat Bench
Our Item No. MC-1007
Base Price $ 1,410
Overall Dimensions: 51.5"w x 21.5"d
Seat Height: 15 or 18 inches
(depending on leg choice)
Weight: 48 pounds

Exhibition 3-Seat Bench

Exhibition 3-Seat Bench
Our Item No. MC-1008
Base Price $ 1,810
Overall Dimensions: 71.5"w x 21.5"d
Seat Height: 15 or 18 inches
(depending on leg choice)
Weight: 64 pounds

Summary: Modern Classics vs. the Competition

Feature Modern Classics Rove Concepts Barcelona Designs Low-Market
2-Seat Base Price $ 1,450 $ 1,195 $ 849 $ 660
3-Seat Price $ 1,810 $ 1,495 $ 995 $ 950
Overall Dimensions
5.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Upholstery Materials
5.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Frame Details
5.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Cushion Details
5.00 out of 5
2.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
Custom Options
5.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5
1.00 out of 5

Detailed Comparison: Modern Classics vs. the Competition

OVERALL DIMENSIONS

 Modern Classics  

The overall dimensions of our 2-Seat Bench are the same as the original design. We also offer two other sizes: the larger 3-Seat bench at 72" and the smaller 42" narrow bench.

5.00 out of 5
  Rove Concepts 

The Rove 2-Seat Bench dimensions pretty much match the original, however, they only offer one size of bench.

2.00 out of 5
  Barcelona Design 

The Barcelona Design 2-Seat Bench dimensions pretty much match the original, however, they only offer one size of bench.

2.00 out of 5
  Low-Market Chairs 

Their Bench frame dimensions are 6 inches shorter in length and width. Not to specifications.

1.00 out of 5

UPHOLSTERY MATERIALS

 Modern Classics  

We offer 20 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 Benches.

5.00 out of 5
  Rove Concepts 

The Rove bench is only offered in one color, black. Not offered in Fabric or in your own materials.

2.00 out of 5
  Barcelona Design 

Offer 4 Italian leather colors as standard, not offered in Fabric, custom leather or in your own materials.

1.00 out of 5
  Low-Market Chairs 

Their Bench is 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

FRAME DETAILS

 Modern Classics  

Our Wood Frames are 2 x 4 inches hardwood (usually Ash) are available in 5 finish colors, all with a commercial grade lacquer finish. The legs are polished stainless steel with a plastic foot. The legs are offered in two lengths ( 9 and 12 inches) so that the Bench can be either 15" seat height or 18" seat height. They can also be finished in one of our 8 powder coated finishes. No other manufacturer offers these options. By using higher grade #304 stainless steel we achieve a more natural appearance metal feature than plated chrome as well as a more environmentally safe steel compared to “plated chrome”. Stainless steel is easy to maintain, inherently corrosive resistant and repairable by hand polishing offering a near life-time of trouble fee use.

5.00 out of 5
  Rove Concepts 

The species of wood for the bench frame is unknown. The frame finish has only one color option, and one leg options. The leg diameter looks a little small.

2.00 out of 5
  Barcelona Design 

Their Bench wood frame is thinner and wood species is weak. Legs are thinner too, and are chrome plated.

1.00 out of 5
  Low-Market Chairs 

These low market benches use thinner wood on the frame and wood species is weak. Legs are thinner too, and are chrome plated.

1.00 out of 5

CUSHION DETAILS

 Modern Classics  

Our Cushions are upholstered with individual panels, measuring 5.5 inches square, which are hand-cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather buttons about the size of a U.S. dime coin. We use luxury grade HR (High Resilient) Multi-Density Foam in our cushion construction giving our customers a very comfortable sitting experience - the most comfortable on the market! This foam is an environmentally and people safe material produced by a major world-recognized foam manufacturer. Our foam is rated by independent certified testing laboratories and 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
  Rove Concepts 

Their Bench is upholstered with individual panels, which are cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather buttons about the size of a dime. The individual panels measurea about 8 inches square, which are much larger than the original or Modern Classics version, so they don't look right. The say they use highly resilient urethane foam with down-like Dacron polyester fiberfill on the outside. However, their Bench cushions have extremely high foam density, which make their cushions extra hard and not very comfortable.

2.00 out of 5
  Barcelona Design 

Their Bench is upholstered with individual panels, but use corded piping between the panels. Corded piping is a fake way to create the hand-welting, and are uncomfortable to sit on. Their Bench uses 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
  Low-Market Chairs 

Their Bench is upholstered with individual panels, but use corded piping between the panels. Corded piping is a fake way to create the hand-welting, and are uncomfortable to sit on. Their Bench uses 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

CUSTOM OPTIONS

 Modern Classics  

We offer the extreme flexibility on this model for customizing, with modest upcharges. First, there is the upholstery material. You can provide your own fabric or leather. You can ask us to check with our leather supplier for a specific leather color. We can powder coat the legs using one of our standard colors, or your own selection. There is also the wood finish choices and leg lengths.

5.00 out of 5
  Rove Concepts 

Rove offers no customizing options.

1.00 out of 5
  Barcelona Design 

This seller offers no customizing options.

1.00 out of 5
  Low-Market Chairs 

These models offer no customizing options.

1.00 out of 5

Product Description

Our Exhibition Bench was inspired by the design of popular Mies van der Rohe Bench, also known as the "Barcelona Bench". Besides the wood finish choices and leg lengths, there are also other ways to customize our benches. We can powder coat the legs in one of six colors (see below), or you can provide your own material. So while there are many so called replicas or reproductions on the market, we believe our version of the Barecelona Bench is the finest in the market.

Our 2 Seat Exhibition Bench is close to the size and geometry original design. We also offer two other sizes: the larger 3 Seat bench at 72" and the smaller 42" narrow bench. Our frames are constructed from premium grade hardwood (walnut or ash) - 4" wide x 1.5" thick - with 3 finish choices: medium walnut, dark walnut, or ebonized black. 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 individual square panels made of top-grain, Italian leather; each piece is cut and hand-sewn using a hand-rolling welting technique not found in other versions 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.

LEATHER CHOICES

Modern Classics Furniture offers Leather in three price levels. Each of the these levels feature:

  • Top-grain Italian leather from Grade A hides
  • Semi aniline-dyed (standard) and 100% aniline-dyed (premium)
  • Made in Italy and imported to our factory
  • Have a UV and Moisture Guard built into the dye
  • Are not 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 leather colors we offer for our Exhibition Benches. Our Top-Grain 1 leathers (denoted with the prefix L1) are top-grain, semi-aniline-dyed, corrected with a slight embossing. Our Top-Grain 2 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. Our Top-Grain 3 leathers (denoted with the prefix L3) also are top-grain, 100% aniline-dyed and have a soft feel to them and much of the hides natural grain patterns are retained. 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. All three levels of Leathers are made in Italian Tanneries, and are considered equally durable, have a UV and moisture guard built into the dye and are ideal for both home or commercial use.

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Wood Stain Choices

Here are the wood finish choices are available on our Exhibition Benches.

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Metal Leg Color Choices

Besides the standard #304 Polished Stainless Steel Legs, we do our own in-house powder coating over the stainless steel frame. We offer 8 standard colors and there is a $100 extra charge for the custom leg finishing.

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