Mies van der Rohe’s Tugendhat Armchair was designed for the Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic in 1929. The chair is one of several different furniture pieces designed for the home of Greta Weiss and Fritz Tugendhat. In the design of the home, Mies designed nearly every detail down to the furniture used. He also prescribed the placement of each furniture piece in the home to maintain spatial composition.
In recent years, the Tugendhat House has undergone a renovation, and the home may be visited by those interested in design.
This chair with its cantilever base was intended to be a more comfortable version of the Barcelona and a substitute for the traditional overstuffed upholstery usually found in living rooms. The Tugendhat Armchair was originally designed in a flat steel version as well as a tubular steel version, though earlier producers, such as Thonet, put neither chair into production. Not until 1964 was the flat steel chair produced by Knoll. Its production ceased in the early 1980's.
The Cantilever Pavilion Chair is a beautifully constructed hybrid of the Barcelona and the Brno flat arm. The base is made of triple chrome plated flat steel and the cushions are hand constructed of hand sewn individual tiles of Italian aniline leather. It has a support system of hide leather straps. Those on the back of the chair have a detailing of buckles to hold them taut.
Made in Italy.
Dimensions: H 34 1/2" D 30 3/4" W 30"
Materials: Armchair in polished chrome-plated flat steel. Upholstered seat and back.
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