About the Designer
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Germany (1866 - 1969)
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began his career working in his father's stonemasonry business. After an apprenticeship with furniture designer Bruno Paul in Berlin, he joined the office of architect Peter Behrens, whose work presaged the modern movement. In 1912, 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. His buildings include the German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona Exposition, the Tugendhat Villa in Brno, Czechoslovakia, the Seagram Building, designed with Philip Johnson, a cluster of residential towers along Chicago's Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, where he was the director of architecture.
Inspired by the lines of tubular iron rockers designed in Europe during the mid-19th century, Mies van der Rohe elevated industrial materials to art. ''Form is not the aim of our work. It is the result,'' wrote Mies van der Rohe. The result here is the ultra stylish and sleek modern MR Chair. One part sculpture, one part chair, you'll be surprised at how comfortable this piece really is. The Design Influenced by fellow modern designer, Marcel Breuer and his use of tubular steel, Mies van der Rohe realized the compatibility of this revolutionary material with the contemporary design ethos. Mies expanded upon a similar style of tubular steel rocking chairs, incorporating new material and a new technology in the use of the cantilever principle. Upholstered in soft cowhide leather, the MR Chair is the epitome of class. Both beautiful and elegant, the MR Chair is the ultimate statement in modern design. Honored with The Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977 and the Design Center Stuttgart Award in 1978, each chair features the KnollStudio logo and signature of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe stamped in the base. In addition, the MR Chair is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified. *This product is made to order and thus customer orders cannot be canceled once the products go into production
- Leather is crafted in a series of quilted and seamed cushion sections
- Modern design classic featured in New York's Museum of Modern Art
- Sustainability Statement: Sustainable design is a key component of Knoll's environmental focus. Knoll's commitment to social responsibility and a healthy environment has prompted the company to further articulate its longstanding environmental programs and, with encouragement and support from colleagues in the industry, Knoll has re-energized its focus on such ''green'' initiatives as life cycle analysis and LEED certification. Knoll is proud to have contributed to projects that have received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
- The MR Chair is Greenguard certified.
- Should you discover shortly after receiving your MR Chair that parts are either damaged or missing, please call us immediately, and we will be happy to send you replacement parts as soon as possible and at no additional cost.
- The Museum of Modern Art Award, 1977
- Design Center Stuttgart Award, 1978
- Features at a Glance: Design Year: 1929Four molded clear plastic glides included
- Order with Confidence:Each authentic Knoll product is stamped with the KnollStudio Logo and designer signature and includes a certificate of authenticity.
- Features at a Glance: Design Year: 1929Frame is tubular stainless steel with a polished finish
- Knoll products are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship during the applicable warranty period set forth in the Knoll Warranty.