When Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created the sleek, sculptural design for a chair he was to debut at the International Exhibition in Barcelona in 1929, odds are he didn’t expect the piece to become the iconic home staple it is today. Lauded for its curvaceous form and regal aesthetic (It was, after all, originally fashioned for the king and queen of Spain.), the Barcelona Chair quickly found its place in expertly designed homes around the world and, aptly, throughout the pages of Luxe. As lovers of all things mid-century modern, it secretly excites us to come across homes of different styles and origins—say, a nature-inspired Oregon dwelling overlooking the Pacific Ocean, or a stylish couple’s Arizona high-rise, or maybe even a perfectly pink Bahamian retreat—that incorporate timeless pieces in innovative ways. Knoll smartly picked up manufacturing rights for the Barcelona Chair in 1953 and, to this day, produces the chair to Mies van der Rohe’s original specifications. Who says we can’t all live like royalty?
Photography by Emily Minton Redfield
Designer Jan Clausen puts the Barcelona Chair in touch with its feminine side in the Bahamian retreat of Sol and Heather Kerzner by setting it atop a pink, silk rug from Fort Street Studio.
Photography by David Papazian
The Barcelona chairs adds a dash of contemporary funk to the laid-back feel of this Lincoln City, Oregon, living room by interior designer Susan Putman. The bright Momeni area rug ties the seats’ unexpected silhouettes in with the more traditional lines of the Precedent sectional and the texture of the slates tiles and fireplace surround from Intrepid Marble and Granite.
Photography by Michael Baxter
A quartet of Barcelona chairs joins low, white-lacquer tables by Piero Lissoni for Cassina in creating a lounge-like area in interior designer Kristin Austin Jacob's Phoenix high-rise.