NC State’s Hunt Library has over 80 different types of chairs. I tried to capture as many as possible.
I produced this video as a Myriad Media Campsite project. (myriadmedia.net/let-our-people-go-camping)
Thanks to Colleen Simon for the type design. (behance.net/colleenbrea)
Check out this fantastic video by Ryan Shelley.
God is in the details. —Mies van der Rohe
MR Lounge Chair
Designer: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Location: 4th floor (grad lounge)
Effortlessly timeless and perpetually modern, the MR Lounge Chair was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1931.
This guy. This freaking guy.
Forgive me if I gush a bit, but it isn’t often you get to sit on a chair designed by one of the most influential architects of the last century. Originally from Germany, Mies van der Rohe was, through either personal connections (such as his romantic relationships with designer Lilly Riech, artist Lora Marx, and sculptor Mary Callery) or professional prominence, connected in some way to almost every important artistic figure of his time. 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon’s got nothing on this dude.
Van der Rohe’s primary contributions were in the field of architecture. He was a pivotal figure in the development of the modernist architectural movement that developed in the early to mid 1900s. In 1930, he became the director of Bauhaus, a design school in Berlin, which was closed in 1933 by the Nazi regime for its “un-German” modernist style. Following the school’s closure, van der Rohe emigrated to the United States, where he continued to shape the world of architecture with his American contemporaries such as Frank Lloyd Wright. (In fact, van der Rohe fostered a friendship with and respect from Mr. Wright that was rare for many architects of the time.) He eventually became the director for, and designed the master plan of, the Illinois Institute of Technology.
While it is difficult to point to one particular accomplishment of such a prolific and successful figure, perhaps van der Rohe’s greatest contribution was his role in developing and propagating the design of the modern “steel and glass” style skyscraper. He designed many of the most prominent high-rise apartment complexes and office buildings in Chicago (and others throughout the country).
The best thing about all of this is that you don’t really need to know that they guy was a total baller to appreciate the fact that this chair is incredibly sleek and flawlessly balanced—the chair’s excellence stands on its own. But now that you do know a bit about its designer, it makes it all the more awesome.
At the top of the page you’ll see we’ve added a few links:
And finally, it turns out that the first chair we ever did, called the “purple stationary arm chair” at the time, is actually the Warren Platner Lounge Chair. It requires up to 1,000 welds to construct. Woah!