As a Designer, I am attracted to design in all it’s forms from plate decoration to architecture. Today’s google doodle is in honor of the designer of my absolutely favorite piece of modern furniture design – the Barcelona Chair.
Today is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 126th Birthday (March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969). Van der Rohe is mostly associated with the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus is one of my fave art movements. It grew out of the clean lines of modernism which are wonderfully reflected in the Barcelona chair.
But while Bauhaus design is meant to be super clean and functional, the Barcelona Chair strays a little from that (kind of like me). According to Wikipedia, it was designed with the Spanish royalty in mind, so that may explain its nod to luxury. It’s like the best of the ancient and modern worlds wrapped up in one sweet design.
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“The Barcelona chair was exclusively designed for the German Pavilion, that country’s entry for the International Exposition of 1929, which was hosted by Barcelona, Spain. The design resulted from collaboration between the famous Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his longtime partner and companion, architect and designer Lilly Reich.” (Wikipedia)