The Barcelona stool was presented to the public at the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona along with the famous Barcelona chair. Both the chair and the stool were designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich and therefore share the same design features. The look of the stool is very simple, but luxurious and sophisticated. The ottoman consists of two main components: a stainless steel frame and a tufted leather cushion. The frame consists of two x-shaped sections that serve as a support for the pillow. Its unique X shape is achieved through the use of curved steel strips that are welded at the interface. The welds are ground and polished, which gives the frame a smoother look and looks like a single, seamless piece of metal. The pillow is made of cowhide. After cutting into square sections, the leather is tufted and framed to form a rectangular cushion and placed on leather straps that are riveted to the frame of the stool. The stool is made with great attention to detail, which makes it simply stunning. The stool, together with its better-known relative, the Barcelona Chair, set a new standard in 20th century interior design.