A Design Icon: Lud­wig Mies Van Der Rohe’s Archetypal Journey

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Feb 22nd 2017

Lud­wig Mies van der Rohe hardly needs any in­tro­duc­tion. Unless you’re unfamiliar with the his­tory of twen­ti­eth cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture, this name will take you back to the iconic built landmarks.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began his building career working at his father’s stone-carving shop. Post which, a stint at the architect Peter Behren’s office led him to pursue architecture. As any novice would, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, in his initial days would only do homes in various vernacular styles. But soon after, he fell in line with the avant-garde in Berlin, a mecca for architecture and design. And the rest followed.

Once Rohe established base in Berlin, he along with some friends of his, found a magazine, G: Material zur Elementaren Gestaltung (G: Materials for Elemental Form Creation). The aim of this magazine was to create an impact of Modernism through collage and drawing. Immediately after establishing the magazine, Rohe designed the Barcelona Collection of Furniture keeping in mind, German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona Exposition.

(Image description: G: Zeitschrift für elementare Gestaltung no.3, June 1924. Hans Richter, Werner Graeff, Frederick Kiesler, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. MoMA Mies van der Rohe Archive. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.)

The Barcelona International Exposition of 1929 was the second world fair ever held. The German Pavilion, was used for the official opening of the German section of the exhibition, which is known for its clean form and wondrous use of lavish and luxurious materials. The same lineaments appear in the iconic furniture designed for the building.

(Image description: The Barcelona Pavilion Sketch by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

Product Review: Barcelona Chair Replica by Manhattan Home Design

The original Barcelona Daybed was an extension of the furniture design by Rohe for the expo. Designed in 1930, a year after the Barcelona Expo, this masterpiece followed suit to it’s counterpart.

Envisioned for the royalty of Spain, the Barcelona Daybed Replica by Manhattan Home Design is to definitely make you feel like royalty! The best feature of the bed is that not only does it work with different styles of home decor but also works as extra seating or a bed at night, when you have guests over.

But let's face reality. These iconic pieces are a bit expensive forall to own. As a solution, we offer you the Barcelona Daybed Replica by Manhattan Home Design. It is by far the best imitation available in the market. And, we say this because, this Barcelona Daybed replica is:
  • Available in full grain Italian leather and in different color options.
  • This iconic reproduction of Barcelona Daybed, similar to the original, is built on a wooden frame.
  • Deeply tufted buttons on the couch for added comfort.
  • The frame stands on four tubular stainless steel legs.
  • Fitted with a cylindrical cushion upholstered in the same material as the bed.
A quick look at Barcelona Daybed Replica by Manhattan Home Design versus the other substandard reproductions available in the market:

Specifications Manhattan Home Design Others
Price $1900 $2500
Leather 100% full grain Italian leather Standard Italian leather
Color Color options available Only available in black


We think, if you’re looking for a reproduction, this is an apt choice. Why settle for anything less at a higher price?

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