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Barcelona Chair Inspiration

Is This the World's Most Famous Chair?

Even if you didn't realize it, you are probably already familiar with the Barcelona chair. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, the Barcelona chair has been a staple of interior designers and design hounds ever since its debut in 1929. The elegant shape and straightforward aesthetic make the piece look as modern now as it did the day it made a splash at the International Exposition in Barcelona! (The location of the exposition should give you a clue as to how the chair got its name.) Since the famous chair has always inspired us, we rounded up eight photos of the enduring classic to inspire you, too!

A pair of white Bareclona chairs stand guard in front of a built-in bookshelf.

Even the most discriminating felines approve of the chair.

A midcentury wall sculpture offers a counterweight to a pair of brown Barcelona chairs.

One of the Barcelona chair's most regaled qualities is its ability to work well with other pieces. Here, it looks right at home next to an Eames rocker and a casual couch.

Further proof that the chair can play well with others! We love the mix of styles and colors used in this light-flooded living room.


The color of these chairs makes them stand out even when placed in front of a busy tiled wall.

Scandinavia meets Spain in this wintery scene. We love how the cozy throw is casually draped over the white Barcelona chair.

The green hue of these chairs echoes the greenery found outside.

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