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... 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