Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is known as one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. He designed the Villa Tugendhat in Brno, in the Czech republic, which is now known as one of the first modern buildings. The modern philosphy of ‘Less Is More’ is clearly apparent in the Villa’s creation, where an iron framework provides structural support, so that walls could be created using large panes of glass.
Mies believed in the complete design of a space including the furniture (a practice refered to as the Gesamtkunstwerk). Several items of furniture made to compliment the Villas modern design would be produced for the public such as the Brno Chair, the Tugendhat Chair and the X frame table.
The table, designed in 1930 features a clear 3/4 of an inch glass top with bevelled edge, and sturdy chrome base which has been polished to a mirror finish. Now commonly known as the Barcelona Table, as it is often paired with the Barcelona Chair, due to their minimalist lines and style.