B33 Cantilevered Chair by Marcel Breuer
"This chair was designed by Marcel Breuer, a Hungarian-born modernist architect and furniture designer.
The design of the chair was novel for the time as it used standard pieces of chrome-plated steel tubing commonly used for bicycle frames. The genesis of the first tubular steel chair started from Breuer’s inspiration of the “strength, lightness and utility of the bicycle he was riding.” He initially experimented using lengths of tubular aluminium (an unsuccessful experiment) before opting for “precision steel”.
Tubing of this sort was also seen as hygienic, in that the surface could be easily cleaned. Hygiene was a major preoccupation of the modernist movement.
The B33 also uses the strength of the steel to create a cantilevered base, a fundamental break from the traditional use of chair legs. However it was not the first cantilevered chair. In 1926-1927 a side chair was released by Mart Stam and then a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe armchair from 1927 was launched made from tubular steel.) Breuer’s first cantilevered chair was the B32, which was never patented and consisted of a steel support, with a sturdy wooden frame to the cane seat and backing, unlike the B33 which consisted of a single continuous steel frame and “eisengarn” fabric or leather for the seat and back.
Marcel Breuer (Designer)
Height: 33.47 in. (85 cm)
Width: 19.69 in. (50 cm)
Depth: 21.66 in. (55 cm)
Seat Height: 17.72 in. (45 cm)
Bauhaus (In the Style Of)
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Date of Manufacture
Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. new leather on circa 60 years old german frame.