Barcelona Daybed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll International, Date Stamped 1977Automaton Vintage Furnishings
Considered to be the epitome of modern design, Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich originally designed the Barcelona Chair in 1929 to serve as seating for the king and queen of Spain in the German Pavilion. This was Germany's entry for the International Exhibition, hosted by Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed in 1930 the Barcelona Day Bed (also referred to as the Barcelona Couch) emanates this seminal design, paralleling the same simplicity and elegance of the iconic Barcelona Chair.
This daybed features the original leather upholstery with subtle wear throughout. These traces of age and use bring more vibrancy to the leather, giving this piece an on-trend lightly distressed look. The original bolster pillow in matching tan leather is secured to cushion platform with straps and lock snaps.
The platform is crafted from mahogany and supported by polished tubular stainless steel legs and the original leather straps have been restored and stretched over new rubber webbing for cushion support. With early production versions such as this example, the rubber webbing becomes stiff and loose after years of use - causing the daybed to sink in the center. With this portion of the daybed restored, the daybed is now firm and comfortable, and ready for immediate daily-use for many years to come.
During the restoration process we preserved a piece of webbing material that was stamped "1977" indicating the year this example was produced. This portion of the webbing was retained and has been attached underneath the bed to the new rubber webbing. The original Knoll International label can also be found under the bed cushion.
Ideal for a living room, family room, study, den or lounge. It would also be an apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a retail boutique. Due to the classic nature of this design, it can work in many types of decor including Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary, Bauhaus, Traditional, Transitional, and much more. We have another Barcelona Daybed in black leather with original Knoll
Associates Label (Circa 1950s) available, contact us for more details.
Measurements: 15.5" H x 78.5" W x 39" D (without bolster cushion) Height 24.25" with bolster
Very good vintage condition. Original tan leather with attractive light distressing throughout.