It isn’t hard to understand why furniture shoppers with great taste and limited budgets would want to find the best Barcelona chair replica.
Designed by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and modernist designer Lilly Reich in 1929, the original Barcelona chair made its debut in the German Pavilion of the International Exposition.
(That year the expo was held in Barcelona, Spain, which is where the chair’s name comes from.)
Designed for King Alfonso and other Spanish royalty to use when kicking off the expo, the original design was simple, sophisticated and eye-catching.
But the chair really became an icon of modern design (and a favorite of interior designers) after the 1950s, when it got an upgrade to the highest quality materials:
Models made after 1950 sport a stainless steel frame and supple Italian leather cushions, held in place by leather straps, all of which helped elevate the already iconic designs.
While the Knoll company still sells the genuine Barcelona chair, the price tag puts it way out of reach for most of us:
At about $10,000, you could easily redesign your entire living room for the price of the Knoll chair!
Fortunately for those of us who can’t drop 10 grand on a single chair, today it’s not hard to find a stylish and high quality replica Barcelona chair that looks just as good as the original, but costs a lot less.
Below we’ve rounded up some of the best reproduction Barcelona chairs on the market, so you can get the same elegant design without breaking the bank.
The (Absolute) Best Replica Barcelona Chairs
Breaking Down the Best Barcelona Chair Replicas on the Market
- 5 Stars
- 2 Reviews
The Rense model from Orren Ellis is more expensive than the O’connell model listed above, which is why the O’Connell edged it out for the title of best overall.
But while the Rense has a similar metal frame, the important thing is that it comes with two features the O’connel lacks:
A matching ottoman and a wider range of different colors.
In addition to black and caramel brown options, the Rense is also available in dark brown, red or white leather, giving you a few more interior design options.
Plus, the included ottoman maintains the modern look and elegant design of the chair, while making it an even more comfortable and versatile piece.
Very easy to assemble! They look great in my space. Very happy with the purchase.
- 4.4 Stars
- 11 Reviews
At just under 30 inches wide, this high-end reproduction is slightly smaller than the two chairs listed above, but also slightly sturdier:
Much like the real thing, it’s got a solid stainless steel frame, giving it a good weight that complements the iconic modern classic design.
(This sets it apart from other cheap reproductions, which often use a less expensive metal than the original frame to help keep the price down.)
Though it doesn’t come with an ottoman, it is available in a whopping nine colors, making it arguably the best chair for anyone who’s got a specific aesthetic, design or color scheme in mind, and wants a quality Barcelona chair to match.
Great purchase. Very nice finish, solid structure. Not an armchair for lounging all evening in front of the television, but very comfortable as a side chair, and very elegant.
- 4.6 Stars
- 525 Reviews
Another handsome replica of the original Mies Van der Rohe Barcelona chair, the Rothenberg combiens a solid wood frame with stainless steel legs, resulting in a sturdy and well-made chair at an affordable price.
Both the back and bottom cushion are available, making it easy to clean, and come in four different colors: gray, black, white or a bold shade of red.
Love this chair. Delivery was perfect…
Firm but comfortable due to the slight recline. Compliment machine for sure
- 4.5 Stars
- 10 Reviews
Like a lot of modern furniture these days, most replica Barcelona chairs use affordable faux leather rather than premium materials like top grain leather.
But this model from 17 Stories uses genuine cowhide for both the out sides of the cushions and the leather panels, resulting in a high-quality chair capable of lasting a long time.
A beautiful chair, excellent quality, just as the photograph suggests.
Best of the Rest
While the five chairs above rank among the very best Barcelona replica chairs on the market, they’re not the only ones worth considering.
The chairs below also combine the original design of the Barcelona chair with features that make them much more affordable, and each could make a great addition to your home or office.
- 4.6 Stars
- 87 Reviews
This chair is gorgeous and has softened up quite quickly to become quite a comfortable accent!
- 5 Stars
- 5 Reviews
This chair is beautiful! Bright white, comfortable, sturdy and super easy to assemble. Highly recommend.
- 4.8 Stars
- 275 Reviews
I love these chairs. The reviews I read were spot on.
The chairs are easy to assemble and very comfortable. I would recommend.
- 5 Stars
- 8 Reviews
Elegant and sophisticated – these chairs look even better in person.
I’m incredibly impressed with the quality and finish of these Barcelona-style chairs.
- 4.2 Stars
- 62 Reviews
When I saw this Atrium chair, I had to get it. Aside from the sleek design, the chair is not only comfortable but durable and one of my favorite pieces of furniture.
– Kaylene P.
- 4.2 Stars
- 9 Reviews
I love, love, love this chair. I am so very pleased with it. It is well-made and so beautiful and comfortable.
This model is very nice, solid construction arrived well packaged and fully assembled just had to snap the cushions on. A very affordable but expensive looking replica.
– Melvin D.
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