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Marcel Breuer, 'Isokon Nesting Tables,' Set of Three Tables, for Isokon, 1936

US$10,052.59per set

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Marcel Breuer (Designer), Hungary Isokon (manufacturer), London UK 'Isokon Nesting Tables', designed 1936. Set of three nesting tables. Cream-white lacquered plywood. Stunning rare set in good original condition. The white lacquered nesting table sets, as shown here by this excellent example, were manufactured by the Isokon Furniture Co. in the late 1950s and early 1960s in relatively small numbers. Condition: Overall good solid condition. No notable structural damage. Various small marks and knocks to the paintwork, and a few small damages to the veneer. Various areas of wear to the paintwork at the edges. A few small areas of discolouration and staining. Various other light signs of wear in accordance with age. Please note: On the larger table, a small area (less than 1cm / 1/2 in across) to the top and a similar sized area to the leg, have been lightly touched up with white paint to very lightly cover the plywood colour and merge with the existing paintwork. We do not consider this to be a restoration, just lightly toning-in. We have only used water-based acrylic paint that can be easily removed if the buyer would prefer a fuller restoration. Due to the rarity and significance of this set of tables, we will leave any actual restoration to the buyer. (References: Modernist, organic Modernism, Bauhaus, plywood, midcentury, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto).

Details

  • Creator
    Marcel Breuer (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.97 in. (38 cm)Width: 18.12 in. (46 cm)Depth: 24.02 in. (61 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1628220988072

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About the Designer

Marcel Breuer

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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