You’ve probably seen various movables on our site with the name “Barcelona” preceding the piece of furniture. This name does not signify our brand per se, it entails a larger body of work by Ludwig van der Rohe, a German-American designer who had produced these pieces after a critical event in the history of modern furniture design and city architecture: the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain.
This exposition was held for new urban development plans and architectural designs to herald in the modernism movement that quickly overtook the latter half of the 20th century. Both the furniture and architectural modernism designs that spanned from this exposition remain relevant today. This popularity largely involves designer van der Rohe’s contribution to this exposition. Firstly, not only did he design the signature Barcelona chair that was featured, but he designed the actual building that featured the exhibition itself.