Curious Facts about the Barcelona Collection
The Barcelona Collection is the entire sum of the set of furniture designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the Barcelona International Exposition of 1929. This collection has a great impact in the world of Interior Design and furniture, due to the revolutionary changes that it brought in an early date like 1929.
Lets comment some curious facts about this famous collection
- The first Barcelona chair was upholstered with pigskin, as most of the luxury fabrics of that time, but later versions of the chair and sofa were upholstered with cowhide. Nowadays, the advance in leather treatment technology allowed the use of Aniline, a variety of several types of leather with a special dye treatment.
- It’s curious that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe only made furniture designs when he was in collaboration with Lilly Reich in the 1920s. He never made any known design on furniture before that decade, or after of this decade. It’s rumored that the collaboration of Lilly was deeper than the use of textiles, but creativity in the very design of the chair, its shape, and form.
- The royal and elegant appearance of the Barcelona Chair and the Barcelona Daybed is not a random result. Van der Rohe and Reich went back to the ancient Roman Empire days, and the Egyptian Empire; most specifically in the royal tents that the roman general and senators used to relax in the middle of their campaigns. That’s why they have this timeless appearance.
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