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MR242 Chaise Longue


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe & Lilly Reich

MR242 Chaise Longue


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe & Lilly Reich
Side View of the MR242 Chaise Longue in Black
Born in the Bauhaus, this classic mid-century chaise lounge epitomizes its ideals of modernism: form exquisitely follows function. The MR 242 Chaise longue (English “Long Chair”) was designed by one of the fathers of modern architecture, Mies van der Rohe, and his longtime collaborator, Lilly Reich. The combination of curved steel and plush leather creates a masterful symbiosis of supreme comfort and perennial style. The use of tubular steel, cantilevered to create a feeling of air and lightness, was revolutionary at the time. It remains ever appealing to those who appreciate the impeccable union of function, material and art.

“Everything depends on how we use a material, not on the material itself.”

Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich
Side View of the MR242 Chaise Longue in Black

The MR collection by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe features some of the earliest designs that make use of tubular steel. 

Van der Rohe worked closely with fellow designer and partner, Lily Reich on all his furniture designs. 

The steel range (including the Chaise Lounge’s counterpart the MR Lounge chair) was inspired by iron rocking chairs from the 19th century. 

The 242 Chaise Lounge won the Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977 and has been included in shows at major institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Centre Pompidou and the Hamburger Bahnhof. 

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Stylish Comfort

Dacron foam offers optimal comfort in 15 plush cushions that are quilted together to make this generous seat. The cantilevered seat allows the chair to give way slightly under the weight of the individual through the flexible strength of the steel frame and the supple leather straps which support the seat. This laid-back chair allows the individual to stretch out completely.

Quality and Craftsmanship
Fifteen Dacron foam cushions are quilted together with the finest quality top grain Italian leather. Supple Italian leather straps are attached to the quilted cushions and to the chromed tubular steel frame.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich met around 1925 through their involvement in the Werkbund. It is claimed that they had not only a professional relationship but a personal one for more than a dozen years. Although some do not recognise Reich’s role in the design of the MR 242 chair, it would be wrong to do so. In fact, she was probably the creative force behind their collaborations on furniture and the MoMA now credits her first and Van der Rohe second. She also collaborated with van der Rohe in co-designing the Barcelona pavilion (in the course of which the Barcelona chair was designed). It is telling that Mies did not design any furniture before or after their collaboration ended in 1938.
“Architecture is a language, when you are very good you can be a poet.”
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Product Literature
A tubular frame is bent, cut and polished to a gleaming, seamless finish. 12 leather straps that are coordinated in color to the leather upholstery is attached to the frame and the quilted cushioning. The plush Dacron cushions are upholstered in the finest Italian leather. Our reproduction of the MR 242 stays faithful to the original design.
Product Materials

Upholstery: Top grain Italian leather 

Frame: Tubular stainless steel 

Cushioning: Dacron foam

Product Dimensions

Height: 81cm 

Depth: 183cm 

Width: 65cm 

Length: 179cm 

Arm height: 50cm 

Carrying weight: 120kg 

Weight as shipped: 16kg 


Care Instructions

Leather:  Occasionally remove dust from the leather with a damp, lint-free cloth. Small soiled spots can be gently removed with a  colourless   eraser. Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off with a little water. Once a year, the leather should be treated with a special leather care product, but never with any type of strong cleansing agent. Only use quality leather products which do not leave residue. Oily build-up on the leather makes it susceptible to bacteria, which can destroy the leather. Clean the stitching with a soft-bristle brush.

Make sure that your leather furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle. In addition, we recommend that leather surfaces are not permanently exposed to intense sunlight, because direct sunlight over an extended time period can diminish the quality of the leather.

Leather can be treated occasionally with conditioners to keep it in its original state. Liquid spills should be blotted up immediately, not wiped. For daily cleaning, dust leather with a soft cloth.

Metal Do not use an abrasive material on the metal. Clean the item with a mild detergent and water. Dilute in the mild detergent in water so it is not too harsh on the metal. You can dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in the solution or a non-abrasive pad and use it to scrub off any residue or dirt on the item. Scrub the item with a soft toothbrush or a non-abrasive pad. Dry any residual moisture with a soft, dry cloth. 

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