The Barcelona Chair

Archival photo of Barcelona chairs in S.R. Crown Hall from Lifemagazine (Frank Scherschel, 1956; Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images).

The Mies van der Rohe society recently celebrated the 125th birthday of Architect Mies van der Rohe with exhibitions, speakers and events. As part of the festivities, Michael Jefferson of Wright auction house presented a history of the Barcelona chair and offered perspective on Mies furniture at auction. Watch this video of Michael’s presentation on this classic design icon, and learn how to tell a the difference between an authentic Mies, and a knock-off. Michael reviews elements of material, construction and proportion to look for.  The talk includes some interesting details about the chairs development as well as appraised values found at auction.

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