The Tubular Brno Chair, designed by that maven of the furniture and architecture world, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1930, has become a design icon of the 20th century. But to understand what led to the development of the Brno Chair one has to delve a little deeper into the annals of history.
The Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, often considered to be Mies van der Rohe’s defining residential work, is the summation of his ideas incorporated at every level of the design.
Architectural historian Peter Blake explains in his book Master Builders: “As in every one of his designs, from skyscrapers to dining chairs, Mies reduces each object to its essential elements, and then refined each detail to a point of almost breathtaking beauty and eloquence. There was nothing in this house that did not reflect this process of distillation to the point of utter perfection — not a window mullion, not a heating pipe, not a lighting fixture, not an ashtray.”
And it was for this trimmed-of-fat residence that Mies designed the Brno Chair which also happens to be one of the very first cantilever chairs ever produced.
Placed at dining tables, desks and side tables, there are thought to have been 24 Tubular Brno Chairs in the original house.
While nowadays most of us can only dream of living in a Tugendhat House, we can at least enjoy the quality of design of the Tubular Brno Chair as it is perfect for office meetings, conferences and as guest seating.
The chair is available in more than 100 fabrics and 500 leather colours which mean it could fit into your office environment regardless of the colour scheme.