The name of this design classic is misleading. Even though the title" Barcelona bed" suggests that it is part of the designs for the world exhibition in Barcelona 1929 that is not the case. As a matter of fact the daybed is baptized Barcelona because it shares the characteristic upholstery of the famous chair and ottoman.
Indeed the Barcelona Daybed was designed only a year later for the New York apartment of Philip Johnson. The influential American architect was Head of the Department of Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art from 1930 to 1936.
Once again Ludwig Mies van der Rohe hit the nail on the head with his particular balance of simplicity and elegance. Even though he brought the most well known thought of the Bauhaus school to the point with the phrase "less is more", his furniture is of a rather luxurious simplicity and lack the ascetic characteristics of some other Bauhaus designs.
|Barcelona bed in the fireplace room of the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe.||Philip Johnson with his Barcelona bed in the Glass House by Mies van der Rohe. Portrayed by Annie Leibovitz|