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Marcel Breuer

Marcel Breuer (Hungary, 1902–81)

The architect and designer Marcel Breuer was one the 20th century’s most influential and innovative adherents of modernism. A member of the Bauhaus faculty, Breuer — like such colleagues as the architects Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and the artists and art theoreticians Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers — left Europe in the 1930s to champion the new design philosophy and its practice in the United States.


Born in Hungary, Breuer became a Bauhaus student in 1920 and quickly impressed Gropius, the German school’s founder, with his aptitude for furniture design. His early work was influenced by the minimalist Dutch design movement De Stijl — in particular the work of architect Gerrit Rietveld. In 1925, while he was head of the Bauhaus furniture workshop, Breuer realized his signal innovation: the use of lightweight tubular-steel frames for chairs, tables and sofas — a technique soon adopted by Mies and others. Breuer’s attention gradually shifted from design to architecture, and, at the urging of Gropius, he joined his mentor in 1937 on the faculty of Harvard and in an architectural practice.


In the 1940s, Breuer opened his own architectural office, and there his style evolved from geometric, glass-walled structures toward a kind of hybrid architecture — seen in numerous Breuer houses in New England — that pairs bases of local fieldstone with sleek, wood-framed modernist upper floors. In his later, larger commissions, Breuer worked chiefly with reinforced concrete and stone, as seen in his best-known design, the Brutalist inverted ziggurat built in New York in 1966 as the home of the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Breuer’s most famous furniture pieces are those made of tubular steel, which include the Wassily chair — named after Wassily Kandinsky and recognizable for its leather-strap seating supports — and the caned Cesca chair. Breuer also made several notable designs in molded plywood, including a chaise and nesting table for the British firm Isokon and a student furniture suite commissioned in 1938 for a dormitory at Bryn Mawr College. Whether in metal or wood, Breuer’s design objects are elegant and adaptable examples of classic modernist design — useful and appropriate in any environment.

Cesca B32 Chair French Design by Marcel Breuer
Cesca B32 Chair French Design by Marcel Breuer
Marcel Breuer
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
Cesca B32 Marcel Breuer design, 1970s, made in Italy, composed of a structure called "cantilever" tubular metal bent and chrome, back and seat (H 45cm) canned on a thick wooden frame...
Original Table Marcel Breuer for Embru
Original Table Marcel Breuer for Embru
Marcel Breuer, Embru
Antique Early 19th Century Swiss Bauhaus Dining Room Tables
Steel, Wood
This original dining table, designed by the Hungarian designer and architect Marcel Breuer for Embru, Switzerland, is a very rare classical piece in the design history. Marcel Breuer...
White Wassili Lounge Chair B 3 by Marcel Breuer Bauhaus Style
White Wassili Lounge Chair B 3 by Marcel Breuer...
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1970s Bauhaus Lounge Chairs
This lounge chair model Wassili B 3 was designed by Marcel Breuer 1925-1927 and executed circa 1970, Italy. The frame was made of chromed tubular steel and the seat and the back sec...
Ola Dining Chair with Brass Finishing and Rose Fabric, Contemporary Art Deco
Ola Dining Chair with Brass Finishing and Rose ...
Ginger Zalaba, Eileen Gray, Marcel Breuer
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Art Deco Chairs
Steel, Leather, Fabric
“Zalaba Design stands for New Bauhaus design, Swiss-Italian luxury furniture and modern interiors.” Inspired by Milano, Italy’s cultural metropolis of fashion and design, Zalaba D...
Marcel Breuer 1st Edition Desk Lamp
Marcel Breuer 1st Edition Desk Lamp
Marcel Breuer
Early 20th Century German Bauhaus Table Lamps
Brass, Nickel
This lamp is part of a set I bought in France from a collector's son. (see other listings) They are the first edition of Marcel Breuer lamps. They are stamped with numbers only, con...
Marcel Breuer First Edition Desk Lamp
Marcel Breuer First Edition Desk Lamp
Marcel Breuer
Early 20th Century German Bauhaus Table Lamps
Brass, Nickel
This lamp is part of a set I bought in Paris from a collector's son. They are the first edition of Marcel Breuer lamps. They are stamped with numbers only or with a round stamp mark...
Marcel Breuer First Edition Desk Lamp
Marcel Breuer First Edition Desk Lamp
Marcel Breuer
Early 20th Century German Bauhaus Table Lamps
Brass
This lamp is part of a set I bought in Paris from a collector's son. They are the first edition of Marcel Breuer lamps. They are stamped with numbers only or with a round stamp mark...
Set of 10 Marcel Breuer Vintage Cesca Vintage Chairs
Set of 10 Marcel Breuer Vintage Cesca Vintage C...
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Cane, Chrome, Wood
Marcel Breuer Cesca 10 vintage chairs, two-arm chairs, 8 arm-less cane back/seat and black edge chrome structure. Unmarked possibly knoll.
Set of Four "Cesca" Chairs by M. Breuer for Gavina, circa 1970
Set of Four "Cesca" Chairs by M. Breuer for Gav...
Marcel Breuer, Simon Gavina Editions
Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Chairs
Metal
Four Cesca chairs designed by Marcel Breuer for Gavina dated circa 1970 (the project was created in 1928). The set is in very good conditions.
Set of Six Marcel Breuer MG5 Cognac Leather Chairs
Set of Six Marcel Breuer MG5 Cognac Leather Chairs
Marcel Breuer, Matteo Grassi
Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Chrome
MG5 by Matteo Grassi, 1970. Brown leather and chrome and tubular steel with chrome plating. This chair was designed in 1928 for Italian editor Govina. Chairs are in a good vintage co...
Carlo Scarpa and Marcel Breuer Delfi Marble Table, circa 1970, Italy
Carlo Scarpa and Marcel Breuer Delfi Marble Tab...
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Center Tables
Carrara Marble
Carlo Scarpa & Marcel Breuer Delfi marble table, circa 1970, Italy. Carrara marble. Dimensions: 240 cm W, 90 cm D, 75 cm H. Good original condition.  
Mid-Century Modern Set of Italian Black and Cane "Cesca" Chairs by Marcel Breuer
Mid-Century Modern Set of Italian Black and Can...
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Cane, Chrome, Wood
1970s Italian black and cane "Cesca" chairs with chrome structure by Marcel Breuer.
Pair of Marcel Breuer Tubular Steel Side Tables...
Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Formica, Steel
Designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925 to accompany the Wassily chair, this pair of side tables or stools of tubular steel were manufactured by Knoll in the 1970s; with white Formica top...
Marcel Breuer B21 Typewriter Desk for Thonet, G...
Thonet, Marcel Breuer
Early 20th Century German Bauhaus Desks and Writing Tables
Metal
A beautiful, original typewriter table model B21, designed by Marcel Breuer and manufactured by Thonet in Germany, 1928. This very appealing piece is designed in the iconic Bauhau...
Set of Six Chairs Model B32 Cesca, Italy, 1960
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1920s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Stainless Steel, Wicker, Wood
Set of six Cesca model chairs designed by Marcel Breuer (1902 -1981). Structure made of tubular steel with golden patina, seat and backrest in black lacquered wood and wicker grating...
Mid-Century Modern 8 Brass Black Leather Side D...
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Brass, Leather
For your consideration is an incredible, rare, set of eight side dining chairs, made of curved brass and black leather, in the style of Breuer, circa 1970s. In very good condition. T...
Pair of Marcel Breuer B3 Wassily Chairs Gavina,...
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal
Pair of Marcel Breuer B3 Wassily chairs by Gavina, Italy black color silver, as shown in the photos, they show scratches and traces of wear.
Bauhaus Table or Desk Lamp from Marcel Breuer, ...
Marcel Breuer
Early 20th Century French Art Deco Table Lamps
Metal
Table lamp or desk lamp from Marcel Breuer (German-American Architect 1902-1981) Original Bauhaus, Germany 1920s Wold Exhibition: Exposition Paris 1925 Industrial design, Bauh...
Midcentury Marcel Breuer B35 Lounge Chairs for...
Thonet, Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1920s German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Leather
Original mid- Century Marcel Breuer B35 lounge chair for Thonet. Leather and chrome in excellent condition. fine examples. Priced per chair
Two Italian-Made Wassily Chair Replicas, 1970s
Unknown, Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Leather, Chrome
Quality pair of vintage Italian replicas of Marcel Breuer's tubular steel icon. Chromed steel frame with thick leather straps, 1970s.
Set of Four Postmodern Tubular Chrome and Saddl...
Charlotte Perriand, Thonet, Marcel Breuer
Late 20th Century Italian Bauhaus Stools
Leather, Chrome
Four bar height barstools or kitchen bar stools rendered in chrome-plated tubular steel and beige saddle leather, 1980s post modern.
Marcel Breuer Chromed Steel and Enameled Desk
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Chrome, Birch
Marcel Breuer Chromed Steel and Enameled Desk
Marcel Breuer, B21 Table, circa 1930
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1930s Swiss Bauhaus Desks and Writing Tables
Steel, Wood
In 1925, Marcel Breuer was inspired by the handlebars of his bicycle and proposed making furniture of the same material; tubular steel that was lightweight, strong, springy and econo...
Italian Mid-Century Modern Tubular Steel Beech ...
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Steel, Cane, Beech
A beautiful set of six armrest chairs in the style of 'Cesca', the famous model designed by Marcel Breuer for Thonet in 1928. These chairs, realized in Italy in the 1970s, reintrodu...
Pair of Art Deco Metal Table Lamps by Marcel Br...
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Table Lamps
Brass, Nickel
Pair of nickel-plated brass table lamps by Marcel Breuer from the Paris Exhibition, 1925. Stamp marked on base and also marked on bottom. Recently rewired for US specifications. Av...
Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Chrome
Marcel Breuer Wassily chair in tan leather. Chrome is perfect, and leather shows nice wear along the arms. Nice color! Something different than black!
Vintage Early Original Marcel Breuer Wassily Ch...
Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century American Bauhaus Chairs
Leather, Chrome
All original Marcel Breuer Wassily chair for Knoll in brown leather straps and tubular frame. 1960s Mid-Century Modern authentic Wassily B3 chair designed by Marcel Breuer and made ...
Pair of Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Cane, Chrome, Beech
Pair of iconic Cesca chairs designed by Marcel Breuer with cantilevered tubular steel frames. Seats and backs are made of solid beechwood with natural cane inset panels. Gold foil st...
Pair of Early Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer f...
Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1960s American Bauhaus Lounge Chairs
Steel, Leather
Marcel Breuer's 1925 design is a widely recognized masterpiece of modern furniture, having long ago achieved iconic status. This pair of Wassily chairs date to the 1960s. The chrome...
20th Century Black Wassily B3 Chair by Marcel B...
Marcel Breuer
21st Century and Contemporary Bauhaus Lounge Chairs
Steel
When it comes to chairs we rely on a true Classic and must have for every room. The famous Wassily Chair was designed by Marcel Breuer and is a flagship of the Bauhaus Era. So, put...
Set of Four Tubular Chrome Dining Chairs
Marcel Breuer
Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Dining Room Chairs
Chrome
Set of dining chairs rendered in tubular chrome original multi-color woven upholstery, 1980s
20th Century Pair of Console Tables Marcel Breuer
Marcel Breuer
Early 20th Century Austrian Bauhaus Console Tables
Chrome
Pair of Bauhaus Marcel Breuer bar console tables. Black lacquered plywood and chrome steel, circa 1930, Austria.
"MG5" Marcel Breuer by Matteo Grassi Bauhaus Se...
Marcel Breuer, Matteo Grassi
Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Chairs
Leather, Chrome
MG5 by Matteo Grassi, 1970. Black leather and chrome and tubular steel with chrome plating.  
German Art Deco Armchair, Attributed to Marcel ...
Thonet, Marcel Breuer
20th Century German Art Deco Armchairs
Chrome, Wood
German Art Deco black enameled wood armchair with chrome trim having a shaped wood back and cane seat (design attributed: Marcel Breuer; mfg by Thonet.) His friends and family aff...
Knoll Laccio Coffee Table by Marcel Breuer
Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Stainless Steel, Wood
Vintage table in new condition.
Marcel Breuer Granite Dining Table, 1960s
Marcel Breuer, Marcel Breuer & Associates
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Granite
A rare granite dining table designed specifically for a 1960's Marcel Breuer & Associates residential project. Granite tables were a feature included in some residential and commerci...
Marcel Breuer B3 Wassily Chair by Gavina, Italy
Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Early 20th Century Italian Lounge Chairs
A Wassily chair designed by Marcel Breuer and manufactured by Gavina, Italy. This chair dates from 1968–1972, original year of design 1925. Polished chrome tube with cream leather s...
Thonet S 35 L & S 35 H Design Marcel Breuer Lo...
Thonet, Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1920s German Bauhaus Lounge Chairs
Leather
Thonet S 35 L & S 35 H design Marcel Breuer lounge chair and ottoman The matching stool S 35 H transforms Breuer's club chair S 35 L in to a chaise longues. Noteworthy that also ...
Tubular Steel Table B9 by Marcel Breuer for Thonet
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Console Tables
Chrome, Wood
This chromed tubular steel table B9 was designed by the German Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer for Thonet in the 1930s. The wooden desk has been restored. The original chrome is in a...
Carlo Scarpa & Marcel Breuer 'Delfi' Marble Table
Carlo Scarpa, Marcel Breuer
20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Marble
Carlo Scarpa & Marcel Breuer 'Delfi' marble table, circa 1970, Italy.
Marcel Breuer B33 Cantilever Leather Dining Cha...
Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam
Vintage 1950s American Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Chrome
Knoll International dining chairs by Marcel Breuer B33 The thick perforated black leather seat and backrest are held together by a small elegant lace, and are supported by a chrome...
Vintage Leather Marcel Breuer Chrome Chairs
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Leather
A rare set of four Marcel Breuer butterscotch cognac leather and chrome chairs. The leather now showing wear all around and feeling butter soft consistent with age. Nice and sturdy w...
Marcel Breuer F40 Cantilever Settee
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1930s German Bauhaus Settees
Steel, Leather
Originally designed in 1931. This example was made in the 1990s. Settee features a bent steel tube frame and flat bar-stock supporting the back. Cushion upholstered in black leather....
1930s Lacquered Bar Console Table in the Style ...
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century German Bauhaus Console Tables
Aluminum
Original 1930s black lacquered table with tubular metal legs in the style of Marcel Breuer Has a variety of uses, console, bar, small desk or vanity.
"Wassily" Marcel Breuer by Gavina Bauhaus Desig...
Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Armchairs
Metal
"B3 Wassily" by Marcel Breuer Gavina, 1960s Black leather and chrome metal tubolar.  
Bed Armchair Marcel Breuer Style Metal & PVC Co...
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1930s Italian Art Deco Armchairs
Metal
Adjustable bed armchair in curved chromed metal, PVC cord braided with wooden armrests. Convertible from armchair to bed. Published in the past, antiques and modernism by Elisabetta ...
Marcel Breuer Black Laminated Wood and Steel 'L...
Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Side Tables
Steel, Wood
Beautiful and original Gavina black Laccio side table designed by Marcel Breuer. Steel frame and black laminated wood tabletop. Originally the tables were produced by Thonet. From 1...
Armchair Cesca B64 Model French Design Marcel B...
Marcel Breuer
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal
Set of six chairs Cesca B64 Marcel Breuer design, 1970s, Made in Italy, composed of a structure called "cantilever" tubular metal bent and chrome, armrests (H 68cm) back and seat (H ...
Delfi Table by Carlo Scarpa, 1969
Carlo Scarpa, Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1960s Italian Center Tables
Terrazzo
Sculptural table in Terrazzo marble. First Simon edition.
1 of 18 Grey Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer 1990...
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Wood
This Cesca chair was manufactured in Italy in 1990s based on the 1928 design of the Hungarian designer, Breuer Marcell /Marcel Breuer. Breuer was an important member of Bauhaus, teac...
Pair of Grey Cesca Cantilever Armchairs by Marc...
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Italian Bauhaus Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
This Cesca chair was manufactured in Italy in 1990s based on the 1928 design of the Hungarian designer, Breuer Marcell /Marcel Breuer. Breuer was an important member of Bauhaus, teac...
1970s Set of Four Marcel Breuer Cane and Wicker...
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Italian Dining Room Chairs
Chrome
Cantilevered tubular chrome frame with cane seats and back. Modernist, architect and furniture designer, Marcel Breuer, extended the sculptural vocabulary he had developed in the ...
1970s Marcel Breuer Cane and Chrome "Cesca" Chair
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Spanish Armchairs
Chrome
Cantilevered tubular chrome frame with cane seats, backs and armrests. Modernist, architect and furniture designer, Marcel Breuer, extended the sculptural vocabulary he had devel...
1970s Pair of Marcel Breuer Cane and Chrome "Ce...
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Italian Chairs
Chrome
Cantilevered tubular chrome frame with cane seats and back. Modernist, architect and furniture designer, Marcel Breuer, extended the sculptural vocabulary he had developed in the ...
Early Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair in Polishes C...
Knoll, Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Chrome
Wassily chair in polished chrome and black leather designed by Marcel Breuer for Gavina and Knoll.
1970s Set of Six Marcel Breuer Cane and Chrome ...
Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Italian Dining Room Chairs
Cantilevered tubular chrome frame with cane seats and back. Modernist, architect and furniture designer, Marcel Breuer, extended the sculptural vocabulary he had developed in the ...
Early Marcel Breuer Long Chaise
Marcel Breuer, Isokon
20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Bouclé, Birch
Early Marcel Breuer long chaise. This piece has been upholstered in a nubby cream colored bouclé.
Marcel Breuer B9T Stool for Thonet, circa 1930
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1930s German Mid-Century Modern Stools
Stool designed by Marcel Breuer for Thonet around 1930 Tubular structure, fabric. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a nice pat...
1970s Black Marcel Breuer Knoll Cesca Cane Chairs
Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Mid-20th Century Italian Chairs
Chrome
Black Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs manufactured by Knoll International and dated 1973. Black finished wood frames with cane seat and backrest Cane is intact. Measures: Arm height 27.25.
Pair of Marcel Breuer Wassily Chairs
Marcel Breuer
Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Chairs
Vintage example of this archetypal Bauhaus design, with soulfully worn-in cognac saddle leather on a chromed steel frame, circa 1960s.
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