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Marcel Breuer Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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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Creator: Marcel Breuer
Bauhaus tubular steel shelf designed by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in PRAHA 4, CZ
Rediscover Bauhaus Mastery in Our Restored Marcel Breuer Shelf Delve into the rich heritage of Bauhaus design with our professionally restored 1934 Tubular Steel Shelf, an original piece by the influential Marcel Breuer, produced by Thonet. This shelf not only represents the Bauhaus ethos of functional minimalism but also stands as a beautifully restored piece of history. Key Features: Bauhaus Icon: Designed by Marcel Breuer, this shelf is an embodiment of the Bauhaus movement's focus on sleek, functional design. Professionally Restored: While maintaining its historical integrity, this piece has been expertly restored to its original splendor. Thonet Craftsmanship: Manufactured by Thonet, known for their exceptional quality and durability. Quality Materials: Constructed with chrome-plated tubular steel and stained block-board, combining robustness with aesthetic appeal. Original Model from 1934: As an authentic 1934 model, this shelf holds significant historical and collectible value. Ideal Size: With dimensions of 85cm in height, 84cm in width, and 34cm in depth, it is perfectly proportioned for various spaces. German Design and Restoration: A product of German ingenuity in both design and restoration. Why Our Marcel Breuer Bauhaus Shelf...
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Marcel Breuer S40 cabinet for Tecta Germany 1980
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare display cabinet model S40, originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925. Re-editioned by Tecta Germany in the 1980s. Marcel Breuer always had a structural and architectural way ...
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Glass, Beech

Marcel Breuer Custom Floating Credenza with Bar and Stereo System
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Chicago, IL
This piece came from the Cohen House, which was featured in a book by David Masello, "Architecture Without Rules" The houses of Marcel Breuer and Herbert Beckhard. This was a collaboration piece from the two architects. Herbert Beckhard was the Project Architect for this home as he was close friends with the Cohens. The floating wall credenza is in original condition unaltered. White lacquered body with gray laminate tops. It shows minor paint chips along the edge as well as some crazing throughout the piece. Overall this piece is in excellent vintage condition and shows patina which I declare as charming signs of wear and character. It was once modified by the original owners and "Marcel Breuer and Architects" to add a shelf and take away their record player, as you can see from the current and original photo from the 70's. The Hitachi SR-2000 amplifier and Rectilinear Research Corp speakers were replaced by the original owners at some point in time. The original amplifier and speakers, were by Marantz I believe, judging by the in situ photo taken in the early 70's. Theres minor issues with raising the volume and hearing crackling noises with the current speaker and amplifier. It is recommended that you update the stereo system. This cabinet features two perforated speaker compartments, a red and blue light up element, a mirrored liquor compartment, pull out hanging glass rack...
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Marcel Breuer Custom Desk
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Chicago, IL
Marcel Breuer custom desk, acquired by Rufus Stillman, who built three separate Breuer Houses after seeing Breuer’s "House in the Garden” the year before f...
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Walnut

Marcel Breuer B21 Thonet Bauhaus Tubular Steel Typewriter Table
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Sharon, CT
Important early piece (1928) of Breuer's revolutionary tubular furniture.
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1930s German Bauhaus Vintage Marcel Breuer Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Marcel Breuer case pieces and storage cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Marcel Breuer case pieces and storage cabinets are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Marcel Breuer case pieces and storage cabinets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets by Marcel Breuer were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider case pieces and storage cabinets by Paul Laszlo, Interlübke, and Bertha Schaefer. Prices for Marcel Breuer case pieces and storage cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $5,000 and can go as high as $50,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $37,800.
Questions About Marcel Breuer Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Marcel Breuer was an architect and furniture designer who made a major impact on modern design by introducing new materials and emphasizing the importance of form matching function. He was born in Pécs, Hungary, in 1902, and was a part of the Bauhaus school. You’ll find a collection of Marcel Breuer furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To pronounce Marcel Breuer, say "mar-SELL BROO-ur." The artist's first and last name both originate from the Hungarian language. Breuer was born in Pécs, Hungary, on May 21, 1902. You can shop a variety of Marcel Breuer furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    The Dutch art movement De Stijl inspired Marcel Breuer's early work. Artists in the movement like Piet Mondrian created art that adhered to the principles of geometry. This idea resonated with Breuer and informed his designs. Shop a selection of Marcel Breuer furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Marcel Breuer was born in Pécs, Hungary, on May 21, 1902. He attended the Bauhaus design school in Weimar, Germany, and eventually became a part of the faculty. After the Nazis shut the school down, Breuer moved to the U.S. He died in New York City on July 1, 1981. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Marcel Breuer furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 12, 2024
    Marcel Breuer is famous for being one of 20th-century modernism’s most influential innovators. His most well-known furniture pieces were crafted of tubular steel, including the Wassily chair and the caned Cesca chair. Breuer also made several notable designs in molded plywood, including a chaise longue and nesting table for the British firm Isokon and a student furniture suite commissioned in 1938 for a dormitory at Bryn Mawr College. Breuer’s designs are elegant and adaptable examples of modernism, useful and appropriate in any environment. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Marcel Breuer furniture.
  • 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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Over the course of his life, Marcel Breuer designed many things. Furniture was one of his main focuses, and he created many influential pieces, including the Wassily lounge chair, the Cesca chair and the Laccio side table. Shop a collection of Marcel Breuer furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Marcel Breuer taught at the Bauhaus design school in Weimar, Germany. He arrived at the institution in 1920 as a student. By 1925, his duties expanded to include teaching classes of his own and running the school's furniture shop. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Marcel Breuer furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Today, Marcel Breuer chairs are made in the factory locations of the furniture manufacturer Knoll, Inc. It operates production facilities in Italy and Canada, as well as in Pennsylvania and Michigan in the U.S. Find a collection of Marcel Breuer furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    Marcel Breuer designed several chairs. One of his best-known pieces is the Wassily lounge chair made of tubular steel and leather straps. Breuer named the chair after the artist Wassily Kandinsky. Among the designer's other notable chairs are the Cesca chair, the B35 lounge chair and the S 35. On 1stDibs, find a diverse assortment of Marcel Breuer chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Marcel Breuer was associated with the Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany. After attending classes as a student, Breuer became the head of the school's furniture shop. While working there, he created the Wassily lounge chair, introducing the use of tubular steel frames to modern furniture design. Find a variety of Marcel Breuer chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Most Marcel Breuer chair legs are made out of bent tubular steel. The designer introduced this radical new material to modern furniture design with his Wassily Model B3 lounge chair. On 1stDibs, you can shop a collection of Marcel Breuer chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    There are a number of ways that you can tell an original Marcel Breuer chair. One trick is to examine the frame. If you see end caps, you're likely looking at a replica. Authentic Breuer chairs featured polished, welded ends. Some chairs also feature stickers that identify the model name located under their seats. On 1stDibs, find a collection of expertly vetted Marcel Breuer chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Marcel Breuer became an apprentice and student at the Bauhaus school in 1920. He made a big impression on the school's founder, Walter Gropius, and later became the head of the institution's furniture workshop. Find a selection of Marcel Breuer furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Marcel Breuer chose a bicycle tube frame to create his Wassily lounge chair because he was impressed by the strength and weight properties of the steel. The chair was a landmark in furniture design and opened the doors to the use of tubular steel frames in many chairs, tables and sofas produced during the modern period. You’ll find a selection of Marcel Breuer furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Marcel Breuer created the Cesca chair while splitting his time between Paris and Germany. He made the chair in 1928, shortly after he left the Bauhaus school, but you can clearly see the influence of the institution's design principles in the clean, simple lines of the piece. Find a range of Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To identify Marcel Breuer bar stools, start by examining the frame. Genuine models will usually feature smooth, welded ends. Most reproductions have end caps instead. You can also look for a sticker that bears the model name on the underside of the seat. On 1stDibs, find a range of expertly vetted Marcel Breuer bar stools.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To reupholster a Marcel Breuer Cesca chair, first pry out the staples, remove the original upholstery and disassemble the chair. Place the new fabric on a flat surface and position the seat upside down. Fold the fabric over the edge and secure it with a staple gun. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of expertly vetted Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    What was most innovative about Marcel Breuer's Model B3 chair was its frame. Also known as the Wassily lounge chair, the piece featured a lightweight, sturdy tubular steel frame inspired by the artist's Adler bicycle. His use of the metal started a radical shift in furniture design. You’ll find a variety of Marcel Breuer Model B3 chairs 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Marcel Breuer introduced the material of tubular steel to modern furniture design. He employed it in many of his chairs, tables and sofas, prizing the material because it minimized the weight of pieces without sacrificing their strength. Shop a range of Marcel Breuer furniture on 1stDibs.

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