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Marcel Breuer

American, Hungarian, 1902-1981

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 László 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 signature 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.

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Iconic Designs from Marcel Breuer
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Cesca Chair
Cesca Chair
Wassily Lounge Chair
Wassily Lounge Chair
B35 Lounge Chair
B35 Lounge Chair
D40 Cantilever Chair
D40 Cantilever Chair
Original Gavina "Cesca" Chairs and by M. Breuer, 1970
By Simon Gavina Editions, Marcel Breuer
Located in Sacile, PN
Cesca chairs and designed by Marcel Breuer for Gavina dated circa 1970 (the project was created in 1928). All new "Vienna" strow. 10 Chairs available.  
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1970s Italian Bauhaus Vintage Marcel Breuer

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Metal

Individual Vintage Marcel Breuer for Knoll Cesca Dining Chairs, 1960
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Individual Vintage Marcel Breuer for Knoll Cesca dining chairs, 1960. Model D40 Cantilevered Dining Chair in excellent original condition, with original Knoll labels. The cane is per...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marcel Breuer

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Chrome

Marcel Breuer for Knoll Cesca Chairs, ca. 1960
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Marcel Breuer for Knoll Cesca Chairs, ca. 1960. Pristine condition, these 4 chairs have the older Knoll label on underside. Cane is perfect and wood frames have no cracks or chips. H...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marcel Breuer

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Steel

Marcel Breuer Italian 4 Chairs 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Madrid, ES
MARCEL BREUER "Four Chairs". Italian with chrome tubular metal frames, beech wood frames with straw, circa 1970. Marked 'made in Italy'. Signs of use. Dim.: 80 x 52 x 46 cm Goo...
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20th Century Italian Modern Marcel Breuer

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Chrome

  • Marcel Breuer Italian 4 Chairs 1970
  • Marcel Breuer Italian 4 Chairs 1970
  • Marcel Breuer Italian 4 Chairs 1970
  • Marcel Breuer Italian 4 Chairs 1970
H 31.5 in. W 20.48 in. D 18.12 in.
Marcel Breuer, Laccio Side Table Black Laminated Top with Tubular Chromed Base
By Marcel Breuer
Located in PAU, FR
Marcel Breuer 'Laccio' modern side table, the top in black laminate with an MDF core and mounted on a chromed tubular steel frame. The table dates probably from the 1970s or 1980s. ...
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Late 20th Century American Bauhaus Marcel Breuer

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Steel

1970s, Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 2
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Praha, CZ
- Good original condition with minor signs of use. - The caned string seats are in good original condition. - The chrome plated parts in good condition with some signs of use. - ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marcel Breuer

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Chrome

  • 1970s, Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 2
  • 1970s, Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 2
  • 1970s, Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 2
  • 1970s, Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 2
H 33.08 in. W 18.51 in. D 18.51 in.
Marcel Breuer “Laccio” Chrome and Laminate Side Tables, 1960s
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in Miami, FL
Original white laminate with chrome tubular leg side table designed by Marcel Breuer for Gavina.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer

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Chrome

S 35 Cantilever Lounge Armchair Designed by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in New York, NY
RANGE S 35 Among all the cantilever chairs of the Bauhaus epoch, the armchair S 35, with its lightness, flexibility and comfort, casts a shadow over everything heavy and inert. In 1...
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2010s German Marcel Breuer

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Leather

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Laccio Coffee Table
Laccio Coffee Table
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$2,216
Number Available
3
Laccio Coffee Table
By Marcel Breuer
Materials
Metal, Chrome, Laminate, Formica, Steel, Wood
Styles
Bauhaus, Mid Century Modern
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B 22 A Open Bookcase
B 22 A Open Bookcase
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$4,996
Number Available
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B 22 A Open Bookcase
By Marcel Breuer
Materials
Metal, Steel, Wood
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Art Deco
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B10 Table
B10 Table
Average Price
$8,300
Number Available
1
B10 Table
By Marcel Breuer
Materials
Chrome, Glass, Metal, Smoked Glass
Styles
Modern
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Marcel Breuer furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Marcel Breuer furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Marcel Breuer collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 179 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 11 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Marcel Breuer's original furniture was created in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Mart Stam, Joe Colombo and Vico Magistretti. Prices for Marcel Breuer furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $345 and tops out at $36,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,855..
Questions About Marcel Breuer
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Marcel Breuer is known for his work as an architect and furniture designer during the 20th century. During his life, he created many famous chairs that remain popular today, including the Wassily lounge chair, the Cesca chair and the D40 cantilever chair. You’ll find a range of Marcel Breuer furniture on 1stDibs.

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