A well-upholstered bench is something of a rarity, which is why this slim elegant classic is not only perfect for weary bones but the ideal addition to any waiting room. Against the wall the sofa is just the place for forty winks when the need takes you. The design is as stringent as the sumptuous leather upholstery and you would be hard pressed to find furniture that does not go well with the van der Rohe Style Barcelona bench.
Designed as an accompaniment for his Barcelona Chair, the stool and chair set have the famous honour of being made for royalty. Created to seat the King and Queen of Spain at the 1929 World Exhibition, the Barcelona design is inspired by modernist and classical influences. Its style complemented the German Pavilion at the 1929 World Exhibition in Barcelona, also designed Mies van der Rohe. This building was strikingly modern with a geometry that is echoed in the Barcelona collection. The curved, crossing base, however, can be attributed to influences from ancient Egyptian folding stools and nineteenth-century neoclassical seating.
1886 (Germany) -1969 (United States)
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a German-American architect and is regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of architecture. His ‘less-is-more’ approach to design became the gold standard for many generations of modern architecture. The simple forms and extravagant materials Mies van der Rohe used to design the Barcelona Pavilion have inspired many modern minimalist buildings including Capel Manor in Kent, England.
"Less is more."
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