Vintage Brno Chairs
Vintage Brno Chairs are original chairs produced by the German designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
History & Description
The Brno chair is a classic of Modern furniture design and was designed by the German architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, in 1929-1930.
Occasionally referred to as Model No. MR50, the Brno chair is a modernist cantilever design that was specifically designed for the bedrooms of the Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic – hence the name. While the chair shares similar traits to previous chairs designed by Mies van der Rohe in the 1920s, the Brno chair is by far his most celebrated and it has become a seminal piece of Modernist furniture.
For the BBC series, Around the World in 80 Treasures, first aired in 2005, Dan Cruickshank selected the Brno chair as one of his eight man-made “treasures”.
Guide for collectors
While instances of vintage Brno chairs are quite common at auction houses, individually sold items are rare. Collectors can expect to pay between £750 and £1,500 for a lot of eight to twelve Brno chairs. Prices, however, can reach up to $10,000.
As with a lot of popular Modern furniture, there are a lot of reproductions and replicas on the market. Collectors should try to attain as much information about the seller in order to verify a vintage item’s authenticity.
Notable auction sales
On October 21st 2006 at Rago Modern Auctions LLP in Lambertville, New Jersey, a set of twelve vintage Brno chairs, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, realised a price of $6,500.
On December 14th 2010 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, a set of eight Brno chairs, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, circa 1972, realised a price of $7,500.
On January 11th 2011 at Christie’s in New York, a set of ten Brno chairs, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, circa 1930, realised a price of $6,000.
On May 23rd 2010 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, a set of eight Brno chairs, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, circa 1970s, realised a price of $9,500.
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