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The Tubular Brno Chair was originally designed for the Villa Tugendhat House. Mies constructed the Brno Chair with chromium-plated steel tubes and thick horsehair that were upholstered with white calfskin. Joseph Muller and the Bamberg Metallwerkstatten, Berlin were contracted to produce the original Brno Chair.
Mies Van der Rohe, designer of the Brno Chair, was born in Germany in 1886. At the age of 19 he moved to Berlin, and starting working with the art nouveau architect and furniture designer Bruno Paul. Just a year later, he received his first commission for an architectural design for a local philosopher's home.
Over the next 10 years he studied the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Karl Friedrich Schinkel. By 1912, he had his own studio in Berlin. In 1927 Mies Van der Rohe designed one of the design community's most famous buildings, The German Pavilion at the International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain. It contained one of interior design's most famous chairs, the Barcelona Chair. The Pavilion had a flat roof supported by columns, while the interior was constructed of glass and marble.
Mies Van der Rohe was Director of the Bauhaus School from 1930-1933. In 1937 he moved to Chicago where he became the head of the architecture department at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During the next 15 years of his career, he designed skyscrapers for nearly every major American city.
Mies van der Rohe is generally recognized as one of the founding fathers of Modernism, and the most purist of Modern architects. His work is characterized by a constructional clarity, free-flowing space and careful detailing, in accordance with his famous maxim "less is more." Mies van der Rohe ranks as one of the most important twentieth-century designers based on his range of designs, from the functional simplicity of the cantilever chairs, to the luxurious comfort of the Barcelona Chair.
Made in Italy. Standard black leather in-stock. Colored leathers are factory direct.
Dimensions: H 31 1/2" D 23 1/4" W 21 1/2"; SH 17 1/2; ArH 26 1/2"
Material: Tubular chrome armchair with an upholstered seat and back. (We offer the thicker seat profile as shown; thin seat on request.)