First produced in 1929, the Knoll Barcelona Chair is the result of the collaborative efforts of Bauhaus master Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe and designer Lilly Reich.
A chair that truly traverses time, the Barcelona Chair is prevalent in many a gleaming New York ad agency office and European architects studio, and features in the living spaces of design aficionados across the globe. The Barcelona chair is a true masterpiece of modern design, having been inducted into the permanent collection of the New York Museum Of Modern Art in 1977. The Barcelona chair began life as a lavish commission produced for use in the German Pavilion at the Barcelona Exposition of 1929, which is from where the chair received its name. It was soon adapted for more widespread use, with Knoll producing their version of the chair since the early 1950s, largely by hand, and always with precision. Now, Mies Van Der Rohe and Lilly Reich's classic Knoll Barcelona Chair has been fine-tuned with a more forgiving padded seat, resulting in the Relax Version.