June 20, 2011

MR Chaise Lounge by Mies van der Rohe

We just finished reupholstering this fantastic chaise this morning. The MR Chaise Lounge was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1927 and was inspired by Marcel Breuer's use of tubular steel and the lines of tubular iron rockers designed in Europe in mid-19th century. van der Rohe incorporated this new material and technology in the use of the cantilever principle.

When it came to our workshop, it was covered with an old, faded canvas cover (seen to the left of the Eames chair in this recent photo) that did not do the piece justice at all. (frame alone shown below)

We recovered it in a beautiful gray leather made to the exact specifications of the designers' original. This chaise was awarded the Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977 and the Design Center Stuttgart Award in 1978, and is still in production through Knoll.

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