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Barcelona Chair | Manolo for the Home

Fit for Royalty, Available to Those With the Money

In keeping with yesterday’s tufted furniture theme, may I present Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair and stool? Originally created to furnish his German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona, these beautiful leather and chrome pieces are as gorgeous now as they were bakc in the day.

Apparently, Mies van der Rohe designed the chair to serve as seating for the king and queen of Spain, while the stool was intended to accommodate their attendants. But non-royals coveted them from the get go. The Barcelona chair and stool are still produced to Mies van der Rohe’s original specs, and can be found at Design Within Reach (though I wouldn’t say they’re within *my* reach at $4,523 for the basic chair, just the chair).

Want to know more? Check out Fifty Chairs that Changed the World by Design Museum, which takes a close look at some of the most influential chair design from the past and the present.

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