Barcelona Couch by Knoll
designed by Mies van der Rohe
The Barcelona Couch by Mies van der Rohe was introduced to the public at the 1929 Barcelona Exposition. Immediately, it created a sensation. The structure of the couch and chairs, the purity and elegance of their composition, have come to define more than just modern furniture design, they represent the tenets of Modern architecture.
The Barcelona Couch is composed of a large metal square, well upholstered with leather and padding, welded together atop thin and slightly elongated legs of steel. Knoll is the only authorized and licensed manufacturer of the Barcelona Couch, and have been since 1953.
Strap Color Option: The straps that fasten the couch to the base are available in black leather or matching leather. We have found black to be the most popular leather color for the Barcelona Couch.
Platform: African Sapele Mahogany hardwood frame. Wood has a dark or reddish-brown color and is covered by a protective clear lacquer finish. Cushion platform secures to frame with 11 cowhide leather straps over rubber webbing.
Legs: tubular steel in polished stainless steel finish
Upholstery: 72 individual panels are cut, hand-welted, and hand-tufted with leather and buttons produced from a single cowhide. Cushions are premium quality, fire retardant, high resilient urthane foam with down-like dacron polyester fiberfill
Overall: 25" h x 39" w x 78" d
Seat height: 15.35"
About the Designer
Renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe mentored a young Florence Knoll while she was a student at Illinois Institute of Technology. Florence has always credited Mies as her most influential instructor and, in 1948, Mies granted Knoll exclusive rights to produce his furniture, including the Barcelona Collection, the Brno Chair, and MR Series.