Thonet & Marcel Breuer
Marcel Breuer (1902 – 1981), born in Pécs/Hungary is one of the most important representatives of the Bauhaus style. From 1920 to 1924, he studied at the state-run Bauhaus in Weimar. From 1925 to 1928, he was the manager of the joinery workshop at the Bauhaus in Dessau. During this time, he was strongly influenced by constructivism and De Stijl. He developed ground-breaking steel tube furniture designs. They are considered milestones in the history of modern furniture and typify a completely new style. One of the most well-known representatives of this style is the cantilever chair, one of the most important design innovations of the 20th century.
Thonet S 285
From an early stage, Thonet had been interested in the new material and new technology and during the 1930ies was considered the largest manufacturer of steel tube furniture. A mutual contract with Marcel Breuer from the year 1928 formed the legal basis for the cooperation and manufacture of numerous pieces of furniture by Thonet. The supporting steel tube frame of the Thonet S285 describes a single line in which the wooden elements seem to be floating. The plain piece of furniture with the well-balanced formal proportions embodies the »new type of practicality«. Thonet produces different versions of this model. Careful processing down to the smallest detail and the use of high-quality materials guarantee a long service life for this classic Thonet piece by Marcel Breuer.
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