About the DesignerLudwig Mies van der Rohe
Germany (1866 - 1969)
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began his career working in his father's stonemasonry business. After an apprenticeship with furniture designer Bruno Paul in Berlin, he joined the office of architect Peter Behrens, whose work presaged the modern movement. In 1912, Mies established his own office in Berlin, and later became a member of the Deutscher Werkbund and Director of the Bauhaus. He immigrated to the United States in 1938, setting up a practice in Chicago. His buildings include the German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona Exposition, the Tugendhat Villa in Brno, Czechoslovakia, the Seagram Building, designed with Philip Johnson, a cluster of residential towers along Chicago's Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, where he was the director of architecture.
''Form is not the aim of our work. It is the result,'' wrote Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mies van der Rohe adhered to the philosophy of ''no trivial decoration,'' where every piece had a clear function--no unnecessary frills. The formal and functional Barcelona Table reflects this pure and simple design concept. The Design The Barcelona Table displays the pure compositional structure that epitomizes modern architecture. Displaying an impressive awareness of proportion, detailing and craftsmanship, as well as a richness and integrity of materials, the Barcelona Table is a true classic. Designed in 1927, Mies van der Rohe gave Knoll exclusive rights to produce the Barcelona collection according to his original specifications. Both beautiful and elegant, the Barcelona Table is the ultimate statement in modern design. Honored with The Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977 and the Design Center Stuttgart Award in 1978, each table features the KnollStudio logo and signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe stamped in the base. In addition, the Barcelona Table is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified . *This product is made to order and thus customer orders cannot be canceled once the products go into productionRead more
- Starphire glass is more clear and luminous than regular glass; the low iron content gives glass crystal quality
- The KnollStudio logo and signature of designer are stamped into the base of the table