“Architecture is a language,” said Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. “When you are very good, you can be a poet.” Displaying his own signature visual lyricism, he created the Four Seasons Stool in 1958 for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York, which was designed by Philip Johnson. The stool’s cantilevered base recalls the lines of Mies’ iconic Brno chair, appearing to defy the laws of gravity. The slim footprint and upholstered leather foam cushion—offering both practicality and comfort—are what further elevate his poetic expression to the status of classic. Manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made in U.S.A.
Designed for a restaurant, the Four Seasons Barstool is contract quality and is also suited to a variety of residential settings.
Meticulously crafted, it’s precisely balanced to provide enduring support.
KnollStudio logo and designer’s signature are stamped into the frame.
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 >