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History of the Barcelona chair


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History of the Barcelona chair

  1. 1. Originality Personified The chair was originally created and especially produced to feature in the German Pavillion building, Germany's offering for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, which took place in Barcelona. This contemporary modern icon was a joint work of creation between the esteemed Bauhaus architect, Mies van der Rohe and the interior designer, Lilly Reich, his companion.
  2. 2. Creative input for the chair was drawn from the folding chairs of old, in particular the Pharaohs and the X-shaped chairs of the Romans. Creating from these regal examples, gave this design a weight of integrity which was highly regarded by the cream of academia and wealth who witnessed its presentation.
  3. 3. The Chair, gained a reputation as a chair fit for royalty It was an exception to the modernistic ethos of the times: That designer furniture should be suitable for the general consumer market. This exception continues. The materials and build processes are involved and time consuming, for this reason, good quality examples continue to be costly. The resultant effect is that this exquisite chair has remained exclusive. Royal influences have endowed it with a reserve that has increased instead of diminishing over time. It retains the ability to enoble itself to a discerning market, predominantly the tasteful and appreciative rather than the average consumer.
  4. 4. The Making Of A Barcelona Chair Production of the early chairs pre-dated the use of stainless steel and welds without seams, causing the legs to be bolted together. At first, pig skin was utilized instead of bovine leather to create ivory coloured chairs for the Pavilion.
  5. 5. The Barcelona was subject to a redesign in 1950, as stainless steel was used in the manufacturing process to make the frame out of one piece of metal. The bolts therefore became redundant and enabled the sleek lines which are cherished now as much as back then. Luxurious full grain aniline leather is now used instead of pig skin and they retain an admiration for the real thing in accordance with the fundamental dictates of design, materials and production processes.
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  7. 7. Thank you!