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mb lounge chair

by Marcel Breuer from Knoll

mb lounge chair

Design Marcel Breuer, 1928
Chromed tubular steel, metal horizontal springs, solid oak, upholstery
Made in USA by Knoll

Marcel Breuer conceived the first tubular steel chair, in 1925, based on the tubed frame of a bicycle. As a leader of the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer used the technological advances of his day in the service of better living. His 1929 MB Lounge is part of the architect's extensive work using tubular steel, a revolutionary material in furniture construction at the time. In a contrast to the Wassily Chair - one of Breuer's best-known designs from the Bauhaus - the MB Lounge features a seemingly continuous, free-floating frame, simultaneously reflecting a tensile strength and straightforward elegance. The chair combines an upholstered foam cushion supported by horizontal metal springs that provide slight movement to the back, along with natural oak armrests that have a clear lacquer finish.

Protégé of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer embodied many of the School's distinctive concepts and was and one of the School's most famous students. He returned to teach carpentry from 1925-1928, during which he designed the tubular-steel furniture collection. His attention drifted towards architecture, and after practicing privately, he worked as a professor at Harvard's School of Design under Gropius. Breuer was also honored as the first architect to be the sole artist of an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The MB lounge chair features a bent tubular steel frame with a polished chrome finish. The metal horizontal springs provide support for the seat and back cushion. The continuous seat and back upholstered, molded-foam cushion is attached to the exposed metal frame with velcro straps. Cushion can be removed from frame for easy cleaning. Solid, natural oak arm rests. Includes clear plastic glides.

24.8" w | 32" d | 33.8" h | seat: 17" h | 41 lbs.

$1,448.00 + free shipping
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Marcel Breuer

Breuer was a student and teacher at Bauhaus. His most famous design was the Wassily chair, inspired by bicycle handlebars. In London Breuer was employed by the Isokon company, a pioneer of modern design in the UK. Breuer taught at Harvard with pupils such as Philip Johnson and I.M. Pei. He designed many houses in the Boston area alongside former Bauhaus colleague Walter Gropius.
Knoll has remained true to the Bauhaus design philosophy that furniture should complement architectural space and not compete with it. Modernism is a passion at Knoll which results in ground breaking modern furniture.

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