We mentioned a little while back that we would soon be introducing a range of lounge furniture to accompany our designer bean bags. Well, the first such product is in and it’s a design classic: the Barcelona Chair.
Many people will be familiar with the unique modernistic styling of Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe’s classic, which was designed for the German Pavilion at the Barcelona International Exposition of 1929 – an event which showcased technological developments and design ideas from 20 European nations, as well as private American and Japanese exhibitors.
Born in Aachen, Germany in 1886 (died 1969), Van der Rohe initially worked as a stonemason for his family’s business before studying architecture in Berlin. He then went on the become a front-runner of the Modernist movement, along with fellow architects such as Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, and quickly directed his efforts as much toward interior aspects as exterior design.
Van der Rohe eventually moved to Chicago, USA, where he continued to dedicate his craft to the Modernist style of architecture in the United States, perhaps most notably in the Seagram Building (1954-8) in New York.
We chose the Barcelona Chair as our first piece of designer lounge furniture as it epitomises our ethos of ‘designer living for everyone’, and the contrast of clean lines against the tactile softness of a leather bean bag looks fantastic.
Our Barcelona Chair is true to the original design with a polished solid-steel frame, thick leather seat straps, Italian leather cushion covers with high-quality buckles and poppers to keep the cushions in place.
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