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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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Wassily Lounge Chair
Wassily Lounge Chair
Cesca Chair
Cesca Chair
Laccio Side Table
Laccio Side Table
S 35 Chair
S 35 Chair
1970s Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 6
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 - H...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marcel Breuer

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  • 1970s Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 6
  • 1970s Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 6
  • 1970s Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 6
  • 1970s Marcel Breuer "Cesca" Chair, Italy, Set of 6
H 32.29 in. W 19.69 in. D 18.12 in.
Knoll by Marcel Breuer Black Laccio Side Table, Set of 2
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925, the Laccio side table has become a true design icon. Using the tubular steel of his other designs, the Laccio side table features Bre...
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1990s Italian Marcel Breuer

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1930s Marcel Breuer B34 Chair, Czechoslovakia
By Thonet, Marcel Breuer
Located in Praha, CZ
- Newly Chromed - New canvas - Originally painted wooden armrests with some signs of use - Manufacturer: Thonet (TON).
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1930s Czech Art Deco Vintage Marcel Breuer

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Chrome

  • 1930s Marcel Breuer B34 Chair, Czechoslovakia
  • 1930s Marcel Breuer B34 Chair, Czechoslovakia
  • 1930s Marcel Breuer B34 Chair, Czechoslovakia
  • 1930s Marcel Breuer B34 Chair, Czechoslovakia
H 33.47 in. W 22.84 in. D 27.56 in.
Extremely Rare Bauhaus Colored Nesting Tables B9, Marcel Breuer/ Thonet License
By Marcel Breuer, Mücke & Melder
Located in Praha, CZ
- 1930s - Czechoslovakia - Designed by Marcel Breuer - Model B9 - Manufacturer: Mucke Melder (licensed for Thonet) - Very good original condition with original colors - Colored...
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1930s Czech Bauhaus Vintage Marcel Breuer

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Marcel Breuer MYC Gavina Gold Beige Beechwood Cesca Brass Chair, Italia, 1960
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of 6 Cesca chairs designed by Marcel Breuer in 1962 and produced in Spain during de 1960s by MYC under the license of Gavina. Brassed tubular structure, oakwood frame with braide...
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1960s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marcel Breuer

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Bauhaus Tubular-Steel Conference/Dinning Set, GMD Berlin, Germany, Design 1927
By GMD Berlin, Marcel Breuer
Located in Berlin, DE
Bauhaus tubular-steel conference or dining set by GMD Berlin, Germany, design 1927. Original Bauhaus tubular-steel cantilever "Cesca" chairs by Marcel Breuer for Gavina/Kno...
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2010s German Bauhaus Marcel Breuer

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Set of Iconic Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Malibu, US
Marcel Breuer Inspired by the frame of a bicycle and influenced by the constructivist theories of the De Stjil movement, Marcel Breuer was still an apprentice at the Bauhaus when he ...
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1980s Italian Bauhaus Vintage Marcel Breuer

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Steel, Chrome

  • Set of Iconic Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer
  • Set of Iconic Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer
  • Set of Iconic Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer
  • Set of Iconic Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer
H 28.75 in. W 31 in. D 27.5 in.
Marcel Breuer Table Lamp, Paris Exposition 1925, Made in Germany, Nickel
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Pambio Noranco, CH
Designed by Marcel Breuer for the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, in Paris of 1925 Made in Germany, Breuer was a member of Bauhaus movement Compo...
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1920s German Bauhaus Vintage Marcel Breuer

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Brass, Nickel

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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..