"steel chairs by Mies van der Rohe"

Mies van der Rohe Chair
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMies van der Rohe Chair - Credit: vicens, Wikimedia
His biographer Nicholas Shakespeare cites the Mies van der Rohe chairs as being one of Chatwin's 'errors,' although on this occasion the error appears to be deliberate. According to Shakespeare, Chatwin admitted to the author Michael Ignatieff that the chairs were ordinary stainless steel; this was, Shakepeare generously concludes, one of the 'examples of his romanticism.'