Mies van der Rohe Designer Chairs
The renowned architect and designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created in both areas of expertise prime examples of ultimate Bauhaus classics.
Although the furniture served as accessories for his architecture it is designs like the Barcelona chair that seem to be as contemporary today as they were in the 20s and 30s while many of the buildings have gone out of fashion.
How can one decide for one of the Mies van der Rohe chairs?
Admittedly it is not easy to pick one of the Mies van der Rohe designer chairs. One thing can be said for sure, it is going to be a cantilever. A type of chair that fascinated many designers in the 20s, Mies van der Rohe at the front.
The first two models, the MR 10 cantilever as well as the MR 20 cantilever are fully committed to the material, tubular steel. Designed for the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart and introduced there to the public in 1927, they symbolise the development that furniture design underwent during those years. Metal, industrial production methods, practicability and minimalism were the keywords that kept designers preoccupied. The MR 10 and MR 20 perfectly embody this development. Both are hard to beat in terms of austerity.
The Brno chair seemed like an upgrade in comparison when it debuted shortly afterwards at the Villa Tugendhat in Brno. Although the design is anything but excessive it appears definitely more luxurious due to the upholstered seat and backrest. From the beginning this model was available in two versions.
A lighter tubular version for public areas like the dining room and library of the house as well as a heavier variant for the bedroom produced in the same material that made the Barcelona chair such a success: flat spring steel.
It is not surprising that even today the two versions are chosen for different purposes. The tubular chair is a popular conference chair, literally an easy choice. Similarly the flat steel version is more likely seen in a modern sanctum.
It is not so difficult to make a decision after all!