The Brno Flat Bar Chair (1930) from KnollStudio® is a masterpiece of structure, paying tribute to early modernism's gravity-defying skyscrapers. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to have a cantilevered base, the Brno offers the comfort of an armchair without the old-line stuffiness or bulk of upholstery. Weighty bar stock steel lends the chair its strength and boasts seamless joints and hidden hardware. A lengthy triple-plate chroming process ensures a resilient, rust-resistant mirror-quality finish. The padded seat is upholstered in supple full-grain Spinneybeck leather for long-enduring appearance retention and ease of maintenance-two especially important features for offices and waiting areas. Made in Italy.
Each piece is stamped with the KnollStudio logo and the designer's signature. The Brno Flat Bar Chair is a registered trademark of Knoll, Inc., manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer.
304 bar stock chrome-plated steel frame; inner hardwood frame; variable density foam; Dymetrol® seat suspension; aniline Spinneybeck® leather, hand-tipped leather or Knoll Velvet (54% cotton ground, 46% mohair pile). Glides ship with chair.
H 31.5" W 22.75" D 22.5" Seat H 17.5" Arm H 25.75"
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 >