Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was the director of the Bauhaus until it closed in 1933, and it was during that tenure that he designed some of his most notable furniture. Exhibiting an unerring sense of proportion, as well as minimalist forms and exquisitely refined details, his table and chairs have been called “architecture in miniature.” The Barcelona Table (1930) was originally created for the Mies-designed Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic, and it is often paired with the Barcelona Chair for their stylistic parallels. Absolute in its elegance, the seamless, single-piece construction of the base ensures precision and durability. The polished chrome frame is stamped with the KnollStudio logo and the designer’s signature. This is the authentic Barcelona Table manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Glass top made in U.S.A.; base made in Italy.
Clear, polished 3/4"-thick plate glass with 1/8" beveled edge and slight green tint; bar stock steel with hand-ground and hand-buffed chrome finish.
The modern city, with its towers of glass and steel, can be at least in part attributed to the influence of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Equally significant, if smaller in scale, is Mies' daring design of furniture, pieces that exhibit an unerring sense of proportion, as well as minimalist forms and exquisitely refined details. In fact, his chairs have been called architecture in miniature exercises in structure and materials that achieve an extraordinary visual harmony as autonomous pieces and in relation to the interiors for which they were designed.
Mies van der Rohe began his career in architecture in Berlin, working as an architect first in the studio of Bruno Paul and then, like Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, for Peter Behrens. In 1927, a housing project called Weissenhof Siedlung in Stuttgart, Germany, would bring these names together again. Widely believed to be one of the most notable projects in the history of modern architecture, it includes buildings by Gropius, Corbu, Behrens, Mies and others. Read more >