Comparison Guide: Mies van der Rohe Exhibition Daybed - Barcelona Couch Reproduction

Exhibition Barcelona Daybed
Overall: 76.5w x 37d x 15h (18h with 12" leg)
Seat Height: 15h (18h with 12" leg
$2,240 (standard leather)
Comparison Feature: "Signature" Brand Modern Classics Brand Most Others
High Quality Leather in wide variety of colors Yes YES- 17 standard Italian leather colors, or, for an extra charge, we can use your own leather or fabric or we can use our boucle fabrics for an extra charge. No, usually just black, tan and white
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 frame with wood veneer; metal braces instead of 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 daybed height No
Retail Price $5,000 $2,240 ???

The Barcelona Couch or Daybed 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 Couch", which we call the Exhibition Daybed, is a well made piece of furniture.  There was only one seat height originally designed, however, we offer two different heights: 15 and 18 inches.

The frame of our Exhibition Daybed is 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 78 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
  • Choice of seat heights
Overall: 76.5w x 37d x 15h
Seat Height: 15h (or 18h with 12 inch legs)
Weight: 98lbs

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

We are happy to mail you a physical piece of leather so you can hold it in your hands. Just go you our sample material 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
Golden Tan
Cocoa Brown
Espresso Brn
Java Brown
L139- Charcoal Gray Leather L143- Standard Black Leather L243- Premium - Shiny Black Leather L244- Premium - Matte Black Leather L147-Standard Red Leather L247- Premium - Red Leather
Std. Black
Shiny Black
Matte Black
Std. Red

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Walnut Medium (Solid Walnut with Medium Stain) Walnut Rosewood (Solid Walnut with Rosewood Stain Ebonized Black (Hardwood With Solid Black Finish) Walnut Dark (Walnut Wood With Dark Stain)

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.

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