Barcelona Chair

When I was in college I took a lighting class.  One of our biggest projects was to design and build a lamp.  The lamp design had to be inspired by something else – a piece of furniture, an animal, an object, whatever, I can’t remember… Anyway, I chose to base my lamp design off of the Barcelona Chair.  The Barcelona Chair is probably one of the most famous chairs ever designed.  It was designed by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll 85 years ago.   I wish I still had a picture of the lamp.  It was probably the most frustrating project I ever had in college. My poor mom helped me with it (thanks, Mom!). I wish I had a picture of it.  Actually I’m glad that I don’t because it wasn’t my best work and it would just frustrate me to look at because I nearly pulled my hair out trying to put it together.

I would love to own a Barcelona chair one day, if I ever have $5000 to spare.  A vintage one would be even more amazing.  The value of the chair will only increase with time.  Barcelona chairs are kind of like tulip tables because they are classic contemporary pieces that can be incorporated into traditional or modern spaces.  I’m not crazy about any of these pictures but you get the idea…









I also love the ottomans… How chic do this pair look in this closet?  What a perfect place to sit and put your shoes on.

barcelona benches


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