After completing Barcelona Pavilion and Villa Tugendhat, van der Rohe accepted an interior design commission from architect Philip Johnson to design his New York apartment. This project produced the hand-tufted cowhide cushion and single cylindrical bolster laid on an platform with tubular steel legs.
Costly and difficult to make, the couches were manufactured in small batches in Berlin until 1964. Knoll took over production and named the sofa Barcelona (1987), for its design similarities to the Barcelona chair and stool
The Barcelona Chair and Ottoman was originally designed for an exhibition in Spain in 1929, for the King and Queen of Spain to have a place to rest (they in fact never sat down)
Detroit: Lafayette Park is the largest collection of buildings by the architect Mies van der Rohe in the world and listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
Image from the Groundbreaking Ceremony. Photo: LIFE Archive