Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, ‘Barcelona chairs, pair’, 1929, Wright
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, ‘Barcelona chairs, pair’, 1929, Wright

Gerald R. Griffith

These examples were made by Gerald R. Griffith in Chicago under the supervision of Mies van der Rohe. The Griffith chairs have extremely precise corners, and less reinforcement at the central cross than later production examples by Knoll.

About Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (known primarily by his surname) was a highly prolific architect, considered by historians to be one of the most important of the 20th century and one whose work left a legacy in architectural theory. His designs were known for their emphasis on open spaces and function over ornamentation, and his favored materials were basic and utilitarian: steel, concrete, brick, and glass. Mies studied with Peter Behrens, working alongside Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius; he also served as the director of Bauhaus, and designed objects and furniture, including the iconic Barcelona Chair. He once told a graduating class of designers: “You have to build up the world you want to live in.”

German, 1886-1969, Aachen, Germany

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