Not only is the Eames chair going white, the iconic piece of furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames we thought would forever remain black, but...
Other classic chairs are also coming back around dressed in a lighter tone - one of which is:
DESIGNED by Mies Van Der Rohe
Through masterful proportioning and planning, Mies created a rhythmic and entirely unprecedented space, which elevated industrial-age materials to a level of grace never before achieved. Inside, Mies included chairs and stools conceived as a resting place for the King and Queen of Spain. Determined to create a chair worthy of royalty, Mies is thought to have based the designs, with their signature crisscross frames, on the campaign chairs of Ancient Rome. Mies: “I feel that it must be possible to harmonize the old and new in our civilization.”
Although the Barcelona Pavilion only stood for seven months, it is recognized as a defining achievement of modern architecture, as are the accompanying Barcelona Chairs (although the King and Queen reportedly never sat in them).
When I was in design school, some many years ago, this was sort of the first “classic” in the textbook to learn, because -- well -- it was designed by Mies van der Rohe.
Back then it was popular in black. But these days...
It seems we are lightening up our classics.
Just imagine it... A single white Barcelona, in a dark room, with a graphic rug, and some big, amazing art.
Mmmm . . . It sits like a sculpture.
I love it! Don't you?
Left: Check out the black Eames chair in the corner with the white Barcelona in the foreground. Obviously, there must have been an architect in the house!