Note: this post has been updated to include more images of the original Farnsworth House in honor of what would be Mies van der Rohe’s 126th birthday. Read more
This drool-worthy outdoor version of the classic Barcelona chair, called the Barceloneta, was designed by Raffaella Mangiarotti of Deep Design for the Italian company Serralunga and manufactured by the Biella Company of Italy.
The durable, but stylish, outdoor version of the modern classic chair is available in four colors; Black, Ivory, Brown (moka) and Red.
The classic modern chair, of which I have always been a fan, but have yet ponied up the dough to purchase, was originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The tufted leather lounger with it’s criss-crossed chrome steel base remains a popular and respected design icon today.
With this new outdoor version, the chair is durable, lightweight and although still pricey, thousands less than the original chair after which it was fashioned.
The Barceloneta is a respectable interpretation of the classic, made with printed polyurethane that has UV protection and sits on an aluminum base. It is conveniently stackable and comes in 4 different colors.
expected to be available mid-July the Chairs cost £633.00 inc. VAT and can be purchased here.
About the Original Barcelona® Chair:
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, produced by Knoll®
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair and Stool (1929), originally created to furnish his German Pavilion at the International Exhibition in Barcelona, have come to epitomize modern design. Mies van der Rohe designed the chair to serve as seating for the king and queen of Spain, while the stool was intended to accommodate their attendants. Still produced to his original specifications, this Barcelona is of quality fit for royalty. The cushions – welting and buttons included – come from a single Spinneybeck® Volo cowhide and are supported by cowhide belting straps, dyed to match the color of the chair. To create the deep, precise tufting, individual panels of leather are cut, hand welted and hand tufted. The chromed-steel frame is hand buffed to mirror-like perfection. The Barcelona Chair was honored with the Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977. (via)
The Barcelona Chair is a registered trademark of Knoll®, Inc., manufactured by Knoll; according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer. Made in U.S.A.
Buy the original Barcelona chair and stool here.
Serralunga is a design company in Biella, Italy which specializes in outdoor furniture. Though the company’s roots go back to before the Industrial Revolution, they have always experimented with the latest materials and manufacturing technology. In the 1980’s the company started working with the rotating molding system, a cutting edge manufacturing process which had recently been invented in the United States. Serralunga was the first Italian design company to employ this new technology in the production of outdoor equipment such as plant pots.
Today Serralunga manufactures a range of products for outdoor landscaping applications, including pots, lamps, tables and chairs. Each item is lightweight, strong, and designed for durability in all weather conditions. And whilst most pieces are designed primarily for outdoor use, they are versatile enough to be effective indoors too, where they will create a strong focal point for any environment. However they are used, Serralunga designs can never fail to infuse a given space with an unmistakably Italian elegance.