Side Chair, "B5", 1926–27 Chrome-plated tubular steel, Eisengarn (parafin treated cotton canvas). Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. 2007-9-1.
What is this?
Upright, rectangular bent tubular steel frame; back and seat consisting of panels of brown Eisengarn canvas.
Why is this in our collection?
From Acquisition Justification: "Context: The tubular steel chair stands as one of the most emblematic pieces of Modernist furniture. While a number of designers created later versions, including Mies van der Rohe, the original tubular steel chair was created by Marcel Breuer in 1926. The then-26-year-old Breuer was one of the first six apprentices in the Bauhaus furniture workshop in 1921, and by 1924 he was its head. Before he left the Bauhaus in 1928, Breuer also designed a number of important interiors, including the personal homes of a number of other Bauhaus masters like Lazlo Maholy-Nagy (where B5 chairs were utilized in the dining room), and Walter Gropius.Breuer experimented for... more
This object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- Looking Forward/ Looking Back: Recent Acquisitions in 20th- and 21st-Century Design, Friday, August 17, 2007 - Sunday, October 14, 2007