Chair designed by Mies van der Rohe for the German Pavillion at the 1929 Barcelona exhibition, with chromed frame and rectangular leather cushions. Of a trim machined appearence, B.C.'s are almost entirely made by hand, and so, cost upwards of US$2000. They aren't really all that comfortable, either -- having no arms, being a bit too close to the ground, and having been designed for only a brief use (the King of Spain and wife were supposed to sit in them to sign the guest book, before alighting) they stand as a prime example of modern design being too clever for its own good. This doesn't stop them from being sighted in high-end waiting rooms and archetects' living quarters worldwide -- Tom Wolfe once remarked that the sight of one always reminded him of the smell of diaper pails, since the only people who bought them were young couples who would forswear diaper service to afford them...

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