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1979 Pair of Mies van der Rohe Brno Chair : Genuine Knoll : Stainless Steel frame (PR3)


1979 Pair of Mies van der Rohe Brno Chair : Genuine Knoll : Stainless Steel frame (PR3)

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The Brno Chair was designed in 1930 by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic.

The now iconic Brno chair boasts a cantilevered base made of tubular stainless steel and a floating back rest.

This pair were produced by Knoll in 1979. Knoll has held the rights to produce van der Rohe's work since the mid 60s, in an agreement signed by Florence Knoll prior to her retirement.

Both of these chairs bear their original labels, The date on these is not legible, however they have come to us in a lot where some have the legible date of January 10th 1979.

Many Brno chairs have a chromed steel frame, however these ones are the more expensive and US made stainless steel frames.

The upholstery is original, a commercial grade low nap velvet in very dark midnight blue.

Sale price for two chairs pictured - sold together as a set.

Era 1930 Designed by Mies van der Rohe
1979 Produced by Knoll International
Origin US made
Manufacturer Knoll International
Materials Chromed steel frame
Velvet upholstery

Structurally sound.
Stainless steel frame is in excellent condition, with no major scratches, discolouration or damage.
It has been polished and treated with marine grade conditioner.

These chairs were not stored well. See pics for damage to the velvet nap of upholstery.
These are not holes, the backing is still intact.
They are priced accordingly.
Freshly steamcleaned.

Original elastic sling support is still in good order, though is showing some signs of ageing, as expected. Still has life left.


Total height 80cm
Seat height 43cm
Width 56cm
Depth 62cm


This set is sent via our trusted network of dedicated furniture carriers.

Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane metro areas will calculate automatically at checkout.

For other areas or combined purchases, please get in touch for a quote.


Our furniture is available to view by appointment at our warehouse in Leichhardt, Sydney's inner west.

Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

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About Mies Van Der Rohe...

Widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe inherits the title as the ‘Father of Bauhaus’ for his intensely modernist vision and art deco form of expression. Born in Aachen in Germany, 1886, Mies sought to establish a new architectural style representative of modern times, similar to the impact Classical and Gothic conjured for their own eras. He constructed an influential and inspirational twentieth century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity.

During the 1920s, Mies was active in Berlin’s avant-garde circles. He began studying and designing skyscrapers, which, while not built, portended future designs. He also directed the Weißenhofsiedlung exhibition in Stuttgart, a model housing colony project for which he invited the era’s most accomplished European architects to participate - including Walter Gropius and Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) - and 20 permanent residential buildings were built around his own steel-framed apartments, revealing a series of individual interpretations of workers’ housing.

His other major project of this era was the German (or Barcelona) Pavilion, built for the German section of the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, which helped establish him on an international stage. Using glass and marble interior walls that could be easily moved, he merged interior and exterior spaces, emphasizing a fluidity of space and incorporating specially designed furniture, including the iconic leather and chrome Barcelona chair.

Shortly after, in 1932, his work was included in the first architectural exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, entitled Modern Architecture: An International Exhibition,which helped introduce his work to an American audience.

Bound by the ethos of ‘less is more’, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created aesthetically compelling work, simple in appearance yet holding a unique beauty to any observer or art lover. Expanding his craft between architecture and furniture design, Mies  relocated to the United States before the start of WWII, where he undertook the majority of his career. He passed in his adopted home of Chicago in 1969.

The influence and inspiration generated by Mies resonates to this day and his work is championed and celebrated on a worldwide scale.

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