The Brno chair was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929-1930. It’s official model number is MR50, but it is known as the “Brno Chair” because it was designed for a bedroom in the Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic.
The Brno features a cantilever design, and was based on other chairs designed by Van Der Rohe, such as the MR20 chair, which were in turn based on the designs of Mart Stam.
There are two forms of the chair, one with a tubular steel frame and another with a flat steel frame. Originally this frame was modern stainless steel, but some versions today feature chrome plating. Both chairs feature clean lines formed by steel shapes bent into a C shape. The Brno chair’s seat and seat back are upholstered with full grain aniline hide leather.
The Brno chair has become a timeless example of modern design.