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Award Winning 'Alacrán' Chaise by Michael van Beuren from Luteca, Available Now

$7,376per item

About

The Alacran Chaise is an iconic, award-winning, mid-century piece by the American Bauhaus trained designer Michael van Beuren. Realized during his lifetime in Mexico, it was one of the winning designs of MoMA’s 1941 “Organic Design and Home Furnishing” Competition in New York. Available for both indoor and outdoor use, in either leather or nylon strapping and with two easily adjusted seating positions, the Alacrán is a truly remarkable and timeless design.

Details

  • Creator
    Michael van Beuren (Designer),Luteca Furniture (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in (81.28 cm)Width: 25.5 in (64.77 cm)Depth: 61 in (154.94 cm)Seat Height: 12 in (30.48 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Leather,Walnut,Varnished,Woven
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2022
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Re-Edition)
  • Estimated Production Time
    Available Now
  • Condition
    Available woods: Walnut, Teak, Mahogany, Oak, Maple, Ash Finish Options: Matte Oil, Satin Varnish (shown), Black oil, Black Lacquer Hand-woven custom Leather strapping: Black, brown, blue, green, burgundy Outdoor Strapping: black, white, blue, red.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3406310169381

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping

    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Michael van Beuren

Michael van Beuren was born in New York and studied architecture at the Bauhaus under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Josef Albers until its closure in 1933. He moved to Acapulco at the end of 1936, where he oversaw the design of the interiors of the bungalows at the renowned Flamingo Hotel in 1937, and quickly became a formative member of the Mexican Modernism movement.

By 1938, van Beuren began focusing on furniture design, working with a fellow Bauhaus colleague, Klaus Grabe, to create modern and affordable pieces. Inspired by the local culture and craftsmanship, the duo applied Bauhaus design principles to popular Mexican mainstays, such as woven reclining chaises and wooden dining chairs.

The approach was a success — Grabe, Morley Webb and van Beuren were named among the winners of a 1941 competition organized by the Museum of Modern Art that focused on designer teams from the United States and Latin America called “Organic Design in Home Furnishings.” This award catapulted them to wide renown.

In the following years, van Beuren founded his furniture label Domus, which became synonymous with well-crafted, modernist design that garnered fans both in Mexico and America. Along with his own designs, Domus also produced work by Clara Porset, a friend and contemporary of van Beuren’s. However, by 1951, the company’s move toward more mass manufacturing meant that van Beuren’s earlier designs were no longer being produced.

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(Biography provided by 7710 Gallery)

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