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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?

The tubular steel chair is one of the most emblematic pieces of modernist furniture. While a number of designers created subsequent versions, including Mies van der Rohe, the original tubular steel chair was created by Marcel Breuer in 1926. In 1921, a 26-year-old Breuer was one of the first apprentices in the Bauhaus furniture workshop. 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 Walter Gropius and László Maholy-Nagy (B5 chairs were used in Maholy-Nagy’s dining room). Breuer experimented for some time before discovering a successful method for bending extruded,... more

This is a side chair from Germany. It is dated 1926–27 and we acquired it in 2007. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

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Its medium is

bent chrome-plated tubular steel, eisengarn (parafin treated cotton canvas)

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 84 x 47 x 62.5 cm (33 1/16 x 18 1/2 x 24 5/8 in.)

This object was manufactured by Standard-Möbel and designed by Marcel Breuer

This object was purchased from Sotheby's and fund: General Acquisitions Endowment

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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