In the innumerable images that have come to us from the Pavilion that represented Germany in 1929 at the Universal Exposition of Barcelona, the chairs designed for its inauguration appear as protagonists.
White skin, untouched, without wanting to steal prominence from the impeccable, precise, pure, steel structure, the chairs along with the canapés, on a black carpet, in contrast to the lightness of the glass table, stood out from the wall of gold onyx, setting the perfect scene for the official reception.
At that moment a new concept of space appears. Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich generated it in a professional relationship characterized by a balance in appropriate tension, like their designs.
María Melgarejo Belenguer, author of Architecture from the inside, 1925-1937. Lilly Reich and Charlotte Perriand. She proposes putting the Barcelona chair in context.
María Melgarejo Belenguer is a professor and architect at the School of Architecture of Valencia (1990), of the Polytechnic University of Valencia and is a PhD in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2005) with her doctoral thesis Towards a concept of interior space 1927-1937: Lilly Reich- Charlotte Perriand directed by Luís Moreno Mansilla.