“A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.”
So stated the German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) in a February 1957 article in Time magazine about furniture designed by architects. Among his notable seating designs are the MR chair (1927), the Barcelona chair (1929), the Brno chair (1930, pictured), and the Tugendhat chair (1929–30). Mies created the last two for the Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic, one of his most famous residential commissions, which opened to the public in March, following extensive renovations. Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, the daughter of the original owners, championed the restoration and has written a book about it, slated for publication by Springer in early 2013.