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Sep/09

Knoll v Mod Decor re 'Shape' of Barcelona Collection


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Knoll, successor in interest to Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona collection, sues Mod Decor on ‘look-a-like’ furntiure.
Mod Decor’s ‘modern seating’ page here.
Prior post on protection of Barcelona chair here.
Drawing from Knoll’s registration in the Barcelona couch above.
Knoll filed a similar lawsuit against Sexyfurnishings today as well.
Complaint Barcelona Chair

  • Ian Rapson

    Maybe if Knoll would sell chairs at a more reasonable price, there wouldn’t be so many knock offs. I love the Barcelona and own 2, but you can literally buy them at auction for half of the 6,000 they sell for new. My grandfather, Ralph Rapson, designed furniture for Knoll in the 50s, and the chairs they make now are actually different dimensions than Mies’ originals. The two I have are the same height and width but the seat and back cushions are 1inch deeper and taller, respectively.

    My family owns the rights to the furniture he designed while working with Saarinen, Florence Knoll, Eames, Bertoia. His furniture is in the permanent collection of the MOMA. We don’t have a lounge quite like the Barcelona in production yet, but maybe soon. Check out his chairs, available for less than half the price of a Mies. Rapson Furniture – Iconic modern designs

  • Ian Rapson

    Maybe if Knoll would sell chairs at a more reasonable price, there wouldn’t be so many knock offs. I love the Barcelona and own 2, but you can literally buy them at auction for half of the 6,000 they sell for new. My grandfather, Ralph Rapson, designed furniture for Knoll in the 50s, and the chairs they make now are actually different dimensions than Mies’ originals. The two I have are the same height and width but the seat and back cushions are 1inch deeper and taller, respectively.

    My family owns the rights to the furniture he designed while working with Saarinen, Florence Knoll, Eames, Bertoia. His furniture is in the permanent collection of the MOMA. We don’t have a lounge quite like the Barcelona in production yet, but maybe soon. Check out his chairs, available for less than half the price of a Mies. Rapson Furniture – Iconic modern designs