Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:40 PM

So, Can You Make A Barcelona Chair Now?

We had a reader inquire recently about the status of the litigation involving Knoll and its claim to trade dress rights in the iconic Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair. Our past post on the litigation can be found here. Here's an image of Knoll's chair:

We checked the docket in the Knoll case and report that it settled in 2010 with a stipulated permanent injunction that prohibits the accused infringers from making, selling, or importing into the U.S. any products that are configured like or "substantially identical" to the products shown in Knoll's asserted trademark registrations. The image for the Barcelona chair trade dress registration is:

So, to answer the question: can you make the Barcelona chair? Probably not without risk of an enforcement action from Knoll. However, the sheer number of Barcelona chairs available today (just Google "Barcelona Chair") raises questions about the validity of Knoll's trade dress registration.


Anonymous said...

There are now several people that start looking for a good chair that they can use in their home or either in their office. And there are different types of chairs that suit on your budget and also attractive decor inside your house.

March 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger capri22 said...

people will definitely adopt new things and new design of chair for their homes and Hotel furniture as well . thanks for sharing this information.

April 6, 2013 at 2:42 AM  
Blogger Paul Lum said...

With the variety of modern design furniture available, choosing a chair can be demanding at times.

Barcelona Chair

April 20, 2013 at 2:09 AM  
Anonymous Barcelona Chair said...

Hey, I am not a furniture designer so not sure to make a good Barcelona chair. It is easy to combine the solid part of the chair with plates. Using and fixing leather on solid bar is somewhat tough work for me. Nice information shared here.Great start.

April 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger teresa bowen said...

Great post! The first thing to consider in selecting and producing chairs are the materials. You must choose the materials or products that are reliable and high quality. High quality products are quite expensive but substantial. Choose a reliable supplier and purchase the best Home and furniture products at low prices .

May 10, 2013 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger john michael said...

Yeah, you should check you budget and then you have two doors to follow. one is that you do by yourself so that you make the Barcelona type chair by yourself on home. for this you have at least the basic information about wood: ie soft and hard types and also how to cut and place the different peace of that on one another. wait a minute and think for a moment, if you do that all and after that, if you didn't make a bercelone type chair then ?? because you have no such experience then why you should not went to market and buy a elegant and flexible chair. you should search on google about furniture stores. The one i usually went for buying furniture most: Furniture Stores Dallas .

May 24, 2013 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Greg Prosmushkin said...

cool Chair


August 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Lum said...

The Barcelona Chair bears the clear imprint of the designer: honest, functional, elegant, without frills.

August 16, 2013 at 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Barcelona Chair said...

I am not a good designer. Last year i tried to make a simple chair chair design but not successful to create a good one. I bought a white Barcelona chair 2 months ago.Nice topic shared here.

August 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger malik aayan said...

absolutely gorgeous chair.Top quality furniture company

September 30, 2013 at 2:48 AM  
Blogger Peter Parker said...

The Barcelona chair is indeed a gorgeous chair.

August 30, 2014 at 5:02 AM  

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