Icons at The Conran Shop: S533 R Chair

Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the classic, sculptural S533 R chair has created a lasting impression on the landscape of design as an archetype in the genre of chairs, since its initial conception in 1927. 

 

Images courtesy of Thonet ©

Images courtesy of Thonet ©

 

First presented in the Weissenhof Estate in 1927, the fluid and singular line of the chair's tubular steel bow frame was inspired by Bauhaus contemporary Marcel Breuer and creates a perfectly balanced structure.

The S533 R chair clearly communicates the signature of the architect, where most designs from the 1920s were contrastingly simple and functional. Crafted with hand-woven wicker, the chair takes on a beautiful shape that was truly revolutionary at its time of design.

 

Images courtesy of Thonet ©

Images courtesy of Thonet ©

 

Inspired by the traditional rocking chair, the S533 R Chair achieves superior levels of comfort and utilises constant elastic flexing to adjust to its user’s needs.

 

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969)

Image courtesy of Elmhurst Art Museum ©

Image courtesy of Elmhurst Art Museum ©

 

Regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of architecture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had a ‘less-is-more’ approach to design, which was the gold standard for many generations of modern architecture.

Starting his career at his father’s stonemasonry business, Mies went on to work in Berlin and the USA, overseeing the Bauhaus and Armour Institute as Director and mentoring a young Florence Knoll.

 

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