Mies van der Rohe's MR1 Stool takes advantage of the aesthetic qualities of tubular steel, a supposedly utilitarian material, while exuding luxury through the contrast between padded leather and the minimalism of its polished chrome frame. The simple continuous line of the structure in unmistakable Mies.
The MR1 Stool was designed in 1927 and first manufactured in Germany by the Joseph Muller Company. It is one of a series of chairs included in the MR Series that was developed for the Weissenhof housing development. Early versions of Mies' MR1 Stool used cane, yarn or leather for the seat.
The MR1 Stool is quite similar in appearance to Marcel Breuer's Small Laccio table also designed with bent tubular steel.
Mies van der Rohe was born in 1886 in the German Rhineland. He studied at the Domschule in Aachen from 1896 to 1899. After leaving school he started working for a number of businessmen and architects in Aachen. Without a formal education, he started a practical education with Paul Behrens. With Behrens, Mies received the opportunity to work on large projects, including the Allgemeine Elektrizitats-Gesellschaft Turbine Hall, and the German Embassy in St. Petersburg.
Made in Italy.
Dimensions: H 17" D 23 3/4" W 26 1/2"
Materials: Upholstered footstool with foam cushions and tubular chrome frame.
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