May 18, 2011

Barcelona Chair restoration

We recently finished two of these beautiful Barcelona chairs for a client. The Barcelona chair was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929, exclusively for Germany's entry into the International Exposition of that year. The chair's design was inspired by the folding chairs of ancient times. The frame was initially designed to be bolted together, but was redesigned in 1950 using stainless steel, which allowed the frame to be formed by a seamless piece of metal, which gave it a smoother appearance.

The piece was originally designed using ivory-colored pigskin, which was later replaced by leather. Since 1953, the chair has been manufactured by Knoll, and is almost completely handmade. As with all our classic modern restorations, our work is done in the same manner the originals were made, carrying on the tradition that van der Rohe started all those years ago.

These two chairs were recovered in Garrett Leather in Sierra/Desert - a beautiful choice!

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