Why the Barcelona Chair is a Classic?

A classic is something that every generation finds worthy and somehow new through the years. That is the characteristic of a great literature piece, an immortal musical piece, and of a great design, too.

And definitely, this is what happens with Mid Century Modern furniture designs, like the Barcelona Chair. Since its American release in the early 1950s, the Barcelona Chair gained momentum as one of the greatest designs of all time, being called The Platonic Ideal of a Chair by the great Tom Wolfe.

After a relative decay in the 1970s, design students and art critics in the late 80s took back the interest in Mid Century Modern Style and pieces like the Barcelona Chair, setting the scene for a  special Vintage period, where the greatest achievements of the 1950s and 1960s were revisited.

By the 1990s,  Mid Century Modern style was again an established trend in furniture, that broke the walls of nostalgia, and became a major fashion force in furniture all over the world. Along with Mid Century Modern, related movements like Scandinavian took a relevant place, too.

All this interest reflexed in the great figures of that period, like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the creator of the Barcelona Collection and the Barcelona Chair.

The Barcelona Chair and the Eames Office Chair are perfect examples of this renovation.  The Barcelona Chair was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929 for the International Exposition of Barcelona. The characteristic “X” shape frame and the sober but comfortable design made it a hallmark of furniture. Originally elaborated for the Kings of Spain, Van der Rohe stated several times that he searched for inspiration in the Roman Empire tents.

The Barcelona Chair complements and grows with the Barcelona Loveseat (Two seats) and the Barcelona Sofa. The popularity of this piece, along with the others by the Barcelona Collection into the American culture is such that they even appeared in several blockbuster movies (American Psycho and Casino Royale, just to name a couple), and is still today.

During the last decade of the 2010s, Mid Century Modern has being-called a fading force, but year after year the popularity of this movement keeps steady, and the Barcelona Chair is considered nowadays one of the most iconic pieces of furniture in the world with high sales, not only in the housing market but in the office market, too. The Barcelona Chair is considered a classic, a safe bet that brings you the comfort and security of a timeless piece.

In Barcelona Designs, you can give yourself the opportunity to enjoy many of these classic and timeless pieces of furniture, like the Barcelona Collection, for a fraction of the price of one original one. Don’t miss your chance and became part of history.