Marcel BREUER (designer)<br/>
<em>Armchair</em> (1924) <!-- (3/4 view    ) --><br />

oak, linen, jute, hessian, cotton, metal<br />
94.8 x 57.5 x 58.3 cm<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of The Shell Company of Australia Limited, Founder Benefactor, 1988<br />
D27-1988<br />


Marcel Breuer Armchair 1924

Marcel BREUER (designer)
Armchair (1924)

In 1919 the architect Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus, a new school of art and design aimed at further integrating art and technology. Students were trained by artists and craftsmen in order to develop functional, innovative designs for mass production. Gropius encouraged Breuer to think in terms of standardised modules, making mass production easier, and Armchair reflects this innovative approach. Its simple textile seat and back are flexible and there is no heavy upholstery to catch dust. The seat is angled to support the upper leg, and the backrests are staggered to support the back but leave it free from pressure.