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Here is your history on these very RARE Barcelona Chairs, taken from Wikipedia.Org…
The Barcelona Pavilion Chair and its reception:
An enormous responsibility rested on van der Rohe’s shoulders to produce a very special building which would unmistakably announce the resuscitation of cultured Germany’s prowess, and adequately showcase their creative achievements and commercial viability. The renowned sculptor George Kolbe’s work was shown to great advantage in addition to the Barcelona Chair, Couch, and Table.
By transposing an ancient and regal design into a modern setting, the designers enjoyed instant acclaim. The chair was shown off perfectly in the environment of the Pavilion. Royal visitors, it is said, did not actually take advantage of this newly designed seating accommodation, but the chair quickly attained the reputation of being “a design worthy of kings”.
Barcelona chair’s were manufactured in the US and Europe in limited production from the 1930s to the 1950s. In 1953 van der Rohe ceded his rights and his name on the design to Knoll, knowing that his design patents were expired. This collaboration then renewed popularity in the design.
The Knoll company claims to be the current licensed manufacturer and holder of all trademark rights to the design.In 1965, Knoll purchased the trademark rights to the Barcelona word from Drexel. In 2004, Knoll received trade dress rights to the design from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Although many architects and furniture designers of the Bauhaus era were intent on providing well-designed homes and impeccably manufactured furnishings for the “common man,” the Barcelona chair was an exception. It was designed for the Spanish Royalty to oversee the opening ceremonies of the exhibition and described by Time magazine as inhabiting “his sumptuous German pavilion. The form is thought to be extrapolated from Roman folding chairs known as Curule chair Curule seat - upholstered stools used by Roman aristocracy. And despite the industrial appearance the Barcelona chair requires much hand craftsmanship.
They make the frame in two different steel configurations, chrome and stainless. The chair is almost completely hand-laboured