After designing his iconic Barcelona Chair in 1929, Mies van der Rohe never designed another chair. Instead he focused on his other famous structures and was once quoted as saying “a chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.”
Although this icon of modern design is admired for its beautiful simplicity, the original design neglected to make it equally comfortable and this is a key factor that is still a common complaint.
To make this chair as equally comfortable as it is beautiful, we have added a few discerning adjustments to our Barcelona Chair Reproduction that make it a pleasantly comfortable surprise to everyone sitting in it for their first time:
Our high resilient foam we use has a density that is noticeably more comfortable and better suited for lounging than the hard foam used on the signature model.
Seat Slope Adjusted for Comfort:
Our Barcelona Chair Reproduction honors the dimensions of the original model, though we have decreased the seat slope in the back of the chair by 1 inch for ultimate comfort. After sitting in the signature model, many have complained of back pain that can be attributed to the slope being too steep. By adjusting the seat slope to be an inch higher in the back of the seat, it is better suited for the human spine and also makes it much easier to go from a sitting to standing position.
Back Seat Cushion:
Unlike the original model with a back seat cushion that shows the chair’s frame when it is sat in, we have added an extra inch to the top of the back seat cushion. The cushion will inevitably get pushed down when sat in, though with the extra inch we have added to our cushion, our stainless steel frame will not show.
Even with these comfortable adjustments, the beautiful simplicity Mies van der Rohe intended with his original design, is still an obvious element on our reproduction. You can come check it out and have a seat in any of our 3 showrooms in Bellingham, Chicago or Dallas!