I’m told by a gentleman named Carlos, that Mies brought 6 chairs from Germany to America when he emigrated here just before the second world war.
If this is true, they predate any relationship with Knoll, and were no doubt made in Europe probably at the behest of Mies himself.
Technically these are the only true original Barcelona chairs.. all others are by definition reproductions of these original 6.
These chairs have several identifying marks.
The frame comes appart in 5 pieces
The leather is pig skin
The foam inside the cushions is rubber made by and baring the moulded stamp and ink stamp of the Italian ‘Pirelli’ company (who make tires today)
Made between 1930 and 1949
They have no ‘Mies Signature on the frame’ – this is a much later addition by Knoll.