Beyond the Barcelona Chair: The Brno Chair

As we mentioned in our last article, the framework for most of the furniture work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, when the Barcelona Chair was created, covers the last years of the decade of the 20s, and nothing else was made. But it’s legacy for all these creations is still highly popular. Let’s take a look at the Brno Chair.

The Brno Chair (and the MR Chair) was designed from 1927 to 1929, by L. Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Roche, with the collaboration of Sergius Ruegenberg. They both had the same concept with some notable variations but always looking to transcend the classical four legs scheme. 

The Brno Chair was originally made for the Tugendhat Residence in Brno, Czech Republic. While it keeps the “C Frame” as structure, just like the MR Chair, it has some variations, as its arms are the upper side of the frame, and the seat is solid. Upholstered in leather, there are two versions of this chair: With tubular stainless steel and with flat stainless steel or chrome plated steel. The Brno Chair is known too as the MR50 Chair, and there is a later, most elaborated version named MR70, with a more structure back seat, while keeping the same principles. The Brno Chair is now a classic furniture chair, with very renditions all over the world. 

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