B35 Tubular Steel & Leather Armchair by Marcel Breuer

by Marcel Breuer
Model designed by Marcel Breuer circa 1928-29 and manufactured by Thonet in the 1930s

Steel tubular cantilevered frame with beech armrests and original black leather

Christopher Wilk, Marcel Breuer: Furniture and Interiors, 1981, jämför s. 82

November 14, 1979-January 22, 1980. Photographic Archive. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. IN1277.11.
Photograph by Mali Olatunji.

Christopher Wilk. Marcel Breuer: Furniture and Interiors. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 1981, pp. 82-83, 87, figs. 78 (Museum of Modern Art, New York collection), 85 (installation photo, De Francesco apartment, Berlin, 1929), 95 (installation photo, Paris exhibition, 1930).

Derek Ostergard in Bent Wood and Metal Furniture: 1850-1946. Ed. Derek Ostergard. Exh. cat., American Federation of Arts circulating exhibition. New York, 1987, pp. 286-87, no. 78, ill. (overall and detail) (collection Barry Friedman Ltd., New York), calls it "Lounge chair, Model No. B35)".

R. Craig Miller. Modern Design in The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1890-1990. New York, 1990, p. 122, ill., Calls it "Club Armchair" and dates it ca. 1925

Following the success of his Wassily chair, Breuer continued to experiment with tubular steel furniture. Like the Wassily chair, the B35 was not a direct representative of the Bauhaus school, but is clearly in line with the Bauhaus design and construction principles, with a modern, stripped-down form made of industrial materials rarely seen in contemporary mass produced furniture.

One such example is a Thonet B35 cantilevered lounge chair of 1928-29, found in Paris a few years ago and restored by MOMA. It was described by Mr. Johnson, walking with a visitor through the show, as ''one of the most completely thought-out designs - terrific, completely logical, and one of the most interesting.''

''A piece of sculpture, but I wouldn't want to sit in it,'' he said of another Breuer design, the Thonet B25 chaise, which is a 1929 tubular steel and rattan chair whose seat is suspended by two coiled springs. ''Anyway, what's comfort got to do with a furniture design?'' Mr. Johnson asked mischievously." NEW YORK TIMES
H 81.5cm x W 64cm x D 90cm
H 32.1" x W 25.21" x D 35.45"


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