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B33 Cantilevered Chair by Marcel Breuer

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"This chair was designed by Marcel Breuer, a Hungarian-born modernist architect and furniture designer. The design of the chair was novel for the time as it used standard pieces of chrome-plated steel tubing commonly used for bicycle frames. The genesis of the first tubular steel chair started from Breuer’s inspiration of the “strength, lightness and utility of the bicycle he was riding.” He initially experimented using lengths of tubular aluminium (an unsuccessful experiment) before opting for “precision steel”. Tubing of this sort was also seen as hygienic, in that the surface could be easily cleaned. Hygiene was a major preoccupation of the modernist movement. The B33 also uses the strength of the steel to create a cantilevered base, a fundamental break from the traditional use of chair legs. However it was not the first cantilevered chair. In 1926-1927 a side chair was released by Mart Stam and then a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe armchair from 1927 was launched made from tubular steel.) Breuer’s first cantilevered chair was the B32, which was never patented and consisted of a steel support, with a sturdy wooden frame to the cane seat and backing, unlike the B33 which consisted of a single continuous steel frame and “eisengarn” fabric or leather for the seat and back.


  • Creator
    Marcel Breuer (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.47 in. (85 cm)Width: 19.69 in. (50 cm)Depth: 21.66 in. (55 cm)Seat Height: 17.72 in. (45 cm)
  • Style
    Bauhaus (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. new leather on circa 60 years old german frame.
  • Seller Location
    Debrecen-Pallag, HU
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3546322101962

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About Marcel Breuer (Designer)

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 Laszlo 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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