Important Design Session 1 /09 December 2007


Marcel Breuer

furniture set for Bryn Mawr college, Philadelphia
Hungary, 1938
50 w × 25 d × 29 h in (127 × 63 × 74 cm)

Desk measures:From his first American commission, the designs for Bryn Mawr College illustrate a continuation of the work Breuer had pursued in Europe, most notably with Isokon Furniture of England. Set includes desk, chair and wall-mounted shelving unit.

provenance: Bryn Mawr college, Philadelphia | Private collection

literature: Marcel Breuer: Furniture and Interiors, Wilk, ppg, 148-151 discuss the commission, fig. 155 illustrates these designs

estimate: $6,000–7,000
result: $11,400

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Marcel Breuer 1902–1981

Marcel Breuer’s parents encouraged their children to take interest in culture and the arts from an early age, and when the Hungarian born designer turned eighteen he secured a scholarship to the prestigious Fine Arts Academy in Vienna. Uninterested in the lengthy discussions about aesthetic tradition and eager for a more practical education, he took a job in an architectural firm. When a friend told him about a new art school in Weimar Germany called the Bauhaus, Breuer promptly enrolled. Under the guidance of director Walter Gropius, Breuer became one of six apprentices to join the furniture workshop, producing his earliest known design in 1921, the African Chair. Breuer graduated in 1924 and after a brief time in Paris, returned to the school as the head of the of the carpentry worship in 1925. Inspired by his first bicycle, Breuer began working on designs for a chair made of tubular steel. The revolutionary steel club armchair, known as the Wassily, remains one of his most well-known designs to date.

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