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Mb Lounge Chair

by Marcel Breuer, from Knoll

mb lounge chair

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.

$1,200.00 + free shipping
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Marcel Breuer

Marcel Lajos Breuer (1902-1981) was a Hungarian born student and teacher at the Bauhaus in the 1920s, eventually becoming head of its carpentry workshop. His most famous design while there was of tubular steel though, the Wassily chair, which was inspired by his bicycle handlebars. Its manufacturers named it for Wassily Kandinsky, to whom Breuer gifted an early prototype. Breuer relocated to London in the 1930s, due to the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. While in London, Breuer was employed by Jack Pritchard at the Isokon company, one of the earliest introducers of modern design to the United Kingdom. Breuer eventually ended up in the United States, teaching at Harvard's architecture school, working with students such as Philip Johnson, Paul Rudolph and I.M. Pei. He designed many houses in the Boston area alongside former Bauhaus colleague Walter Gropius and formed a business with him until 1941, at which point Breuer started his own firm in New York.
Hans Knoll, the son of a pioneer German furniture manufacturer, founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938, one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust, a Cranbrook graduate who had worked for Gropius and Breuer, and the two were married in 1946. The next year, they opened a textiles division and showroom that was flanked with some of the worlds leading designers. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and producing them to their original specifications. This included the 1929 Barcelona Chair. They also commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the now iconic Tulip chair, and hold the rights to Marcel Breuer's seminal Wassily Chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi would also collaborate with Knoll.

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