The MR 10 was Mies van der Rohe's interpretation of Mark Stam's cubic design of a cantilever that he introduced to his colleagues in the course of the preperations for the Weissenhof settlement in Stuttgart. Mies van der Rohe, responsible for the entire project of the German Werkbund, met all the participating architects and designers, amongst them Mark Stam.
At the time a novel concept, cantilevers inspired many designers to come up with their own interpretations and the usage of tubular steel offered innovative possibilities to introduce bent curves that still retained the elasticity to carry the weight of a person for example, without bedning further.
Mies van der Rohe took advantage of that and replaced the rough edges of Mark Stam's chair, that he found interesting but ugly, with the elegant and ample curve that is characteristic for the MR 10 and its offshoot with armrests, the MR 20. Both cantilevers celebrated their debut at the Weissenhof Estate in Mies van der Rohe's model house.
Both wrote design history and are frequently cited classic Bauhaus designs. Due to their simplicity their fabrication requires absolute perfection that steelform gladly delivers.
The MR 10 is a pleasant companion for every type of dining table. Whether a classic austere ambience or a naturalistic, rather homely environment, the chair adds an exclusive touch to every room.
|The Master on his work: Mies van der Rohe on one of his MR10 cantilever.||The curves of the MR 10 chairs contrast beautifully with the architecture of the Farnsworth House.|