You might have heard of a Barcelona chair, but do you really know anything about it? I didn’t think so. The Barcelona chair is considered to be on of the most classic and elegant chairs of the 20th century. It was designed by Mies van der Rohe. He designed the chair in 1929 at an international exposition.
His inspiration came from some old designs; the Egyptian folding chair and the Roman folding chair. The chair is light but strong at the same time. It just spells classy.
Mies improved on his creation in 1950. He eliminated the extra braces at the welding points. He figured that the one piece frame made from stainless steel would offer more strength and spring.
But George Nelson was the one who made the design popular in the United States. Originally the chair was hand made. But then it started getting mass-produced by a company named Knoll Associates, who now manufacture the chairs in the US and 29 other countries.
The chair can be purchased at a variety of furniture stores. They might even have online catalogs, which you can browse through. Though there are many forms of the Barcelona chair that are on the market.
They are usually made from chrome stainless steel with a single frame. There is individual leather panels on the upholstery, the panels are crafted from a single hide. The most popular colors are tan and black. There are many other subtle differences, but the same style and luxury is kept within the chair.
Even thought the Barcelona chair has seen a few simple changes through mass production, this modern version still offers the greatness of the original handcrafted beauty. This beautiful piece of furniture can cost up to $1000. But that is a small price to pay for having an elegant and lavish Barcelona chair.