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Art & Design: Marcel Breuer

As one of the youngest students to attend the newly established Bauhaus school of design at age 19, Marcel Breuer-hungarian architect and furniture designer is best known for using tubular steel bending technology as a structural frame to support his iconic chair designs (Wassily) originally inspired by bicycle frames. The chair became an instant success leading Breuer to teach at the school and subsequently developed his own architectural firm in Berlin. Although Breuer spear-headed many projects, he often collaborated with other designers. Major commissions include the Whitney Museum in New York and UNESCO in Paris. 

Initially, a devoted champion of the international style of design in which he utilized steel and glass, he later consecutively adopted concrete in the emergence of brutalism. Breuer applied rational design principles to modern technology components and materials fundamentally demonstrating the ideals of art meets industry discovering new and innovative ways of expressive forms of three-dimensional design. He maintained that polished impeccable lines are essential for modern living. Breuer is considered to be one of the most important and influential architects of the modern age. 

“Modern architecture is not a style, its an attitude.” -Marcel Breuer

Marcel Breuer with Walter Gropius, Chamberlain Cottage, Wayland, Massachusetts, 1940

“I am as much interested in the smalles detail as in the whole structure.”

-Marcel Breuer

Black Wassily Chair White Wassily Chair Cowhide Wassily Chair MDF Side Table S 35 L Sled base leather Armchair S 35 LV Sled base Cowhide arm chair S 35 LH Leather Foot stool Cesca Chair S285 Writing Desk Breuer Long Chair