Marcel Breuer

The steel pipe artist
Marcel Breuer, born in Austria-Hungary in 1902, was a well-known designer and architect with Hungarian Jewish roots. He became particularly famous for his invention of modern steel tube furniture. He began to design and manufacture avant-garde wood furniture at a young age of only 22 years. His endeavors always foresee that works should be composed of as many parts as possible, which exhibited only very slight variations. The joining together of several parts was by no means hidden, Breuer emphasized this addition in his works. Clearly visible, it is also the Wassily chair from the 1960s: The screw connections are visible and conscious part of the whole product. Alongside the design and manufacturing of furniture, Breuer focused on house designs of various kinds. He designed simple houses, stately mansions, public buildings and even a whole winter sports resort in the French Alps. He also created the Harvard University's faculty of architecture.

From Germany to America

In 1920, Marcel Breuer began a carpentry teaching in the furniture workshops of the Bauhaus Weimar. Painting also occupied him at this time. Four years later, he passed his journeyman's examination and went to Paris for several months to conduct architectural studies. In 1925 he received a job as a young master and head in Dessau in the furniture workshop at the Bauhaus. In contrast to Weimar, Dessau stood behind the factual and industrial design of Breuer and designed many of his buildings in Breuer's style. In a company founded by him and the Hungarian architect, he initially built his furniture before the production rights and rights to the furniture designs of Thonet were taken over in 1929. The company was closed down the year before. Marcel opened an architectural office in Berlin, but he was still denied joining the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA). It was not until 1931 that Walter Gropius helped him. With the capture of the Nazis in Germany, Breuer saw himself forced to flee. He came to England via Hungary and finally emigrated to the States in 1937. In Havard at the Graduate School of Design, he became a lecturer. Walter Gropius collaborated with Breuer on the development of the architecture faculty for the university. Breuer also opened his own architecture office in the states and continued his teaching activities in Harvard until 1946. Together with Pier L. Nervi and Bernard Zehrfuss, he received the order for the UNESCO building, Paris, in 1952. At 64, Marcel was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. In 1981 he died in New York.

In our shop you will find a large selection of the steel tube furniture designed by Marcel Breuer, produced and sold by the manufacturer Thonet.



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Marcel Breuer

The steel pipe artist
Marcel Breuer, born in Austria-Hungary in 1902, was a well-known designer and architect with Hungarian Jewish roots. He became particularly famous for his invention of modern steel tube furniture. He began to design and manufacture avant-garde wood furniture at a young age of only 22 years. His endeavors always foresee that works should be composed of as many parts as possible, which exhibited only very slight variations. The joining together of several parts was by no means hidden, Breuer emphasized this addition in his works. Clearly visible, it is also the Wassily chair from the 1960s: The screw connections are visible and conscious part of the whole product. Alongside the design and manufacturing of furniture, Breuer focused on house designs of various kinds. He designed simple houses, stately mansions, public buildings and even a whole winter sports resort in the French Alps. He also created the Harvard University's faculty of architecture.

From Germany to America

In 1920, Marcel Breuer began a carpentry teaching in the furniture workshops of the Bauhaus Weimar. Painting also occupied him at this time. Four years later, he passed his journeyman's examination and went to Paris for several months to conduct architectural studies. In 1925 he received a job as a young master and head in Dessau in the furniture workshop at the Bauhaus. In contrast to Weimar, Dessau stood behind the factual and industrial design of Breuer and designed many of his buildings in Breuer's style. In a company founded by him and the Hungarian architect, he initially built his furniture before the production rights and rights to the furniture designs of Thonet were taken over in 1929. The company was closed down the year before. Marcel opened an architectural office in Berlin, but he was still denied joining the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA). It was not until 1931 that Walter Gropius helped him. With the capture of the Nazis in Germany, Breuer saw himself forced to flee. He came to England via Hungary and finally emigrated to the States in 1937. In Havard at the Graduate School of Design, he became a lecturer. Walter Gropius collaborated with Breuer on the development of the architecture faculty for the university. Breuer also opened his own architecture office in the states and continued his teaching activities in Harvard until 1946. Together with Pier L. Nervi and Bernard Zehrfuss, he received the order for the UNESCO building, Paris, in 1952. At 64, Marcel was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. In 1981 he died in New York.

In our shop you will find a large selection of the steel tube furniture designed by Marcel Breuer, produced and sold by the manufacturer Thonet.



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Thonet Cantilever Chair S 43
Thonet Cantilever Chair S 43
Thonet Cantilever Chair S 43 by Designer Mart Stam. Outstanding quality chair, made of tubular steel and molded plywood. Available here. Check out the configuration possibilities.
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Cantilever chair Thonet S 32 N - "PURE MATERIALS"
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Thonet S 64 PV, cantilever padded chair - edition "PURE MATERIALS"
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Cantilever, padded chair Thonet S 64 PV - edition "PURE MATERIALS" Design: Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam, 1929/30
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Knoll Laccio 1 side table
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Cantilever chair Thonet S 64 / S64 N, Design: Marcel Breuer, artistic copyright Mart Stam, 1929/30
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Thonet Side Table B9 glass
Thonet Side Table B9 glass. Side table in 4 sizes by Marcel Breuer. Bauhaus Design.
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Cantilever chair Thonet S 64 N - "PURE MATERIALS"
Cantilever chair Thonet S 64 N - "PURE MATERIALS"
Cantilever chair Thonet S 64 N - Pure Materials, design: Marcel Breuer. Pro office online shop for office and design furniture.
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Knoll Wassily Chair
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Wassily Chair by Knoll International according to the original design by Marcel Breuer.
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Thonet S 32 PV cantilever, padded chair, edition "PURE MATERIALS"
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Cantilever, padded chair Thonet S 32 PV - edition "PURE MATERIALS" Design: Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam, 1929/30
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Thonet armchair S 411, nappa leather
Thonet armchair S 411, nappa leather
Thonet S 411. Timelessly beautiful - environmentally friendly "Pure Materials" leather versions. Pro office online shop for office and design furniture.
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Thonet ottoman S 411 H, nappa leather
Thonet ottoman S 411 H, nappa leather
Thonet ottoman S 411 H, Pure Materials, nappa leather. Design: Thonet 1932. Pro office online shop for office and design furniture.
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Thonet set of side tables B9 glass
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THONET side table B 9d, Marcel Breuer 1925/26, table top glass optiwhite diamond cut. Pro office online shop for office and design furniture.
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Thonet chair S 35 L and stool
Thonet chair S 35 L and stool
Thonet chair S 35 L and stool. High quality upholstered armchair with leather of buff brown. Armrests in black or walnut oiled. Check out this beautiful Thonet armchair.
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Thonet S 43 special promotion 6 for 5
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Thonet S 43 - Action 6 for 5 in the pro office shop at pro office. A classic steel pipe. Now and then a modern design furniture.
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Thonet chair S 35 L. The free-swinging chair is a design with a single continuous line. Bauhaus Design. Tubular steel chromed
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THONET set of side tables B 9
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THONET set of side tables B 9, Marcel Breuer 1925/26, Table top in stained beech, lacquered or oiled wood various colours available
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Thonet armchair S411, cantilever lounge chair, upholstered chair, exceptional elegance and comfort since 1932
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Thonet chair S 209. A masterpiece made of bentwood. Many diffferent variants and styles. A high quality classic chair by thonet.
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Thonet 214 coffee house chair
Thonet 214 coffee house chair
Thonet 214 coffee house chair and s 214. Iconic bentwood chair, created by Michael Thonet in 1859. Available here.
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THONET side table B9
THONET side table B9
THONET side table B 9, small, table top in stained beech or varnished wood parts in different colors, 20x2mm round tube frame, chromed, plate size 34.5 x 34 cm, overall dimensions W 45 x H 45 x D 39 cm
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Knoll Laccio 2 side table
Knoll Laccio 2 side table
Laccio 2 coffee table - sidetable by Knoll International, designed by Marcel Breuer. A Bauhaus classic.
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