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A pair of vintage cognac leather and chrome MR20 Knoll Mies van der Rohe MR20 armchairs.


A classic pair of MR20 armchairs in very good vintage condition with some slight signs of wear to the leather seats as you would expect given their age. This amounts to some light scratches and some stress marks at the seat sides and on the backs where the leather wraps around the chrome frame and in the centre base of the backs and is, in any event, nothing more than cosmetic. There are no rips or tears to the leather, which has now been fully nourished and the chrome work is in every good condition with minor surface scratches to the base of the legs.


The Knoll version of the MR20 is immediately recognisable by virtue of the tied corsetry style back which gives the chair an elegant and sophisticated look. This is complemented by the hook and eyelet base that along with the corsetry holds the elements of the thick leather seat and back sections in place. The MR range of chairs by Mies van der Rohe represents the very earliest designs he created using a cantilever base. The chairs were inspired by French and British 19th century tubular steel rocking and campaign chairs, the most notable of which was designed by RW. Winfield for the great exhibition in 1851. There is an example of this design also available to purchase on this website HERE.


Born in the medieval city of Aachen , Germany Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a pivotal figure in the Modernist design and architectural movement throughout the 1920’s and 30’s and went on to direct the Bauhaus from 1930-33. He was a hugely influential and along with his contemporaries Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, shaped the course of 20th-century architecture and design. Along with the MR series of chairs he also designed the iconic Barcelona chair and the range of cantilevered Brno chairs (an example of which is also for sale on this website HERE).


To the collector van der Rohe’s designs epitomises the highest aspirations of modernism being practical, functional and comfortable; and it is a testament to his enduring ideals that many of his designs are still in production today over 70 years after they were first conceived.  





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Cognac leather and chrome MR20 Knoll Mies van der Rohe MR20 armchairs

  • PLEASE NOTE - this item has now been sold. If you're looking for something similar please get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

    Leather and chrome

    Bauhaus, Modernist, Mid Century, 20th Century Design

    Date of production
    Circa 1980-89

    H 82cms x W 56cms x D 85cms
    Seat height: 45cms

    Number of pieces included in price

    Very good vintage condition with minor signs of age related wear.


    Questions or offer
    Do you have questions or want to make an offer? Please contact me via the contact page HERE. I'm always happy to help.



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