In 1908, after training to become an industrial embroiderer, Lilly Reich began working at the Viennese workshop of Josef Hoffmann. In 1911, she returned to Berlin and met Anna and Hermann Muthesius. In 1912, she became a member of the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation). In 1920, she became the first female member of its board of directors. She was also a member of the Freie Gruppe für Farbkunst (independent group for colour art) in the same organisation…
Works in the MOMA collection
An Icon of modern classic design, an international symbol of good taste,perhaps the classiest chair you can own.
The Barcelona Chair is all of these things and more. It is so much a part of the modern interior landscape that we might be forgiven for feeling a certain familial loyalty to it and to its designer. Mies Van Der Rohe is celebrated the world over for his designs. His insight genius and his courage have been heralded around the world… and yet… there is a dark and unpleasant omission in this glittering version of events
Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair was not designed by Mies alone! Multiple records state conclusively that this honor should be shared by his co-designer a female architect and designer by the name of Lilly Reich 1885 – 1947…