Thonet S533 Cantilever Chair, Armchair, Lounge Chair Designed by L. Mies vd Rohe For Sale
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Thonet S533 Cantilever Chair, Armchair, Lounge Chair Designed by L. Mies vd Rohe

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A wonderful example of an iconic S533 Cantilever chair originally designed in 1927 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Thonet. His design combines functionality and comfort with timeless aesthetics. The chair was first presented in the Weissenhof Estate in 1927. This offered chair is from the own collection of a Thonet´s family member. This chair is comprised of a cantilevered chromed tubular steel frame with grey leather armrests and feature the original leather seats that have developed an admirable patina. These traces of age and use bring more vibrancy to the leather, giving this piece a highly desirable lightly distressed look. Underneath the seat is one substantially sized buckle which assists in securing the seat to the frame. Also underneath is Thonet's manufacturing stamp on the leather. This sculptural S533 Bauhaus chair would make an eye-catching addition to any interior such as a living room, den, man (or woman!) cave, family room, screening room or office. It would also be perfect in a hospitality or corporate location, such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Measurements 32.5" H x 22" W x 32" D seat height 16.75" seat depth 21" A very good vintage condition, all components original. Signs of use commensurate with age are evident. The leather has an admirable patina.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    A very good vintage condition, all components original. Signs of use commensurate with age are evident. The leather has an admirable patina.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32.29 in. x W 21.66 in. x D 33.86 in.H 82 cm x W 55 cm x D 86 cm
  • Seat Height
    16.54 in. (42 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    LU166529827303
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About Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Designer)

Architect, furniture designer and educator, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a central figure in the advancement and promotion of Modernist design and architectural theory and practice. Like Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, he was a hugely influential presence in the field, who shaped the course of 20th-century architecture both through his buildings and his teaching of rationalist design principles.

     Born in the medieval German city of Aachen, Mies found an interest in architecture as a boy while working for his father, a master stonemason. He had no formal education as an architect, but learned his skills as an apprentice to the designer Bruno Paul, and as a staffer in the office the proto-modernist architect and designer Peter Behrens. Following World War I, Mies rose to prominence in his field amid the liberal atmosphere of the Weimar Republic. His reputation was secured by his design for the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona (commonly referred to as his Barcelona Pavilion), a radically simple, poetic, open-plan building pared down to its architectural essentials. Mies would go on to direct the Bauhaus from 1930 until 1933, when Nazi-government interference forced the closure of the progressive art and design school. Later that decade, he made his way to Chicago, where he remained for the rest of his career as a practicing architect and a dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

     Mies’s famed dictum “less is more” grew from his belief that architecture both guides and expresses the spirit of the times, and he envisioned the 20th century as open-minded, logical, transparent and liberated by technology. His best-known buildings — residences such as the Villa Tugendhat in Czechoslovakia and the Farnsworth House in rural Illinois; skyscrapers like the 860–880 Lake Shore Drive apartment towers in Chicago and the Seagram Building in New York — reflect that philosophy. As do his most famous furniture designs. Mies pieces such as the Barcelona chair, chaise and stools, or the cantilevered Brno chairs, deliver a maximum of comfort and support from a minimum of materials: their “lavishness” derives from the precision with which they are engineered and constructed. For the collector, the allure of Mies’s furniture is at once practical and idealistic. Useful and functional, his works embody the highest aspirations of modernism.

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