Do you think you know everything about the Barcelona chair? Mies & Reich a successful couple


In the innumerable images that have come to us from the Pavilion that represented Germany in 1929 at the Universal Exposition of Barcelona, ​​the chairs designed for its inauguration appear as protagonists.

White skin, untouched, without wanting to steal prominence to the impeccable structure, precise, pure, steel, chairs along with the canapés, on a black carpet, in contrast to the lightness of the glass table, stood out from the wall of Gold onyx, setting the perfect scene for the official reception.

At that moment a new concept of space appears. Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich generated it in a professional relationship characterized by a balance in appropriate tension, like their designs.

María Melgarejo Belenguer
Author of Architecture from the inside, 1925-1937. Lilly Reich and Charlotte Perriand. he proposes putting the Barcelona chair in context.

María Melgarejo Belenguer is a professor and architect at the School of Architecture of Valencia (1990), of the Polytechnic University of Valencia and is a PhD in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2005) with her doctoral thesis “Towards a concept of interior space 1927-1937: Lilly Reich- Charlotte Perriand directed by Luís Moreno Mansilla.


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Organised by: Fundació Mies van der Rohe