Tubular steel was the catalyst for the extensive experiments in cantilevered seating that resulted in Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s germinal MR Collection of 1927-29. Influenced by Marcel Breuer’s use of tubular steel, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe quickly recognized the compatibility of this revolutionary material with the contemporary design ethos. Inspired by the lines of tubular iron rockers designed in Europe during the mid-19th century, Mies incorporated a new material and a new technology in the use of the cantilever principle.
The MR Collection of tubular steel includes the MR side chair, lounge chair, table, and adjustable chaise lounge. The KnollStudio logo and Mies van der Rohe’s signature are stamped on the inside of one leg.