four seasons stool

four seasons stool

Design Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1958
Solid steel, foam, plywood, upholstery
Made in Italy by Knoll

"Architecture is a language, when you are very good you can be a poet." -Ludwid Mies Van der Rohe

As a leading Modernist architect and furniture designer, Mies van der Rohe elevated industrial age materials to an art form. The elegant Four Seasons barstool, conceived in 1958 for the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York designed by Philip Johnson, was never mass produced. The classic barstool reflects Mies's signature spareness and features a lean profile, clean lines and meticulous craftsmanship. The bar height stool sports an upholstered seat with a hand buffed polished chrome frame.

Knoll is the only authorized and licensed manufacturer of the Van der Rohe collection. Mies van der Rohe's signature is stamped into the frame of each piece to guarantee authenticity.

After working in his father's stonemasonry business and engaging furniture apprenticeships, 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 where he persued his architecture career and later became the director of architecture at the Institute of Technology in Chicago.

The Four Seasons Barstool features a chrome-plated solid steel frame and the seat can be upholstered in a wide range of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck leathers.

17" w | 17" d | 33" h

$2,169.00 + plus shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 12-14 weeks for this special chair to be created and shipped to your location)

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

German-American Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 – 1969) commonly known as Mies, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture, alongside Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. He sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their own eras. His buildings made use of modern materials and he strived towards a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of free-flowing open space. He is often associated with the aphorisms "less is more" and "God is in the details". Mies designed pieces that have become popular classics, such as the Barcelona chair and table, the Brno chair, and the Tugendhat chair. His furniture is known for fine craftsmanship, a mix of traditional luxurious fabrics, like leather, combined with modern chrome frames, and a distinct separation of the supporting structure and the supported surfaces, often employing cantilevers to enhance the feeling of lightness created by delicate structural frames. He collaborated closely with interior designer and companion Lilly Reich.
Hans Knoll, the son of a pioneer German furniture manufacturer, founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938, one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust, a Cranbrook graduate who had worked for Gropius and Breuer, and the two were married in 1946. The next year, they opened a textiles division and showroom that was flanked with some of the worlds leading designers. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and producing them to their original specifications. This included the 1929 Barcelona Chair. They also commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the now iconic Tulip chair, and hold the rights to Marcel Breuer’s seminal Wassily Chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi would also collaborate with Knoll.
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