Marcel Breuer Long Chair in Icelandic Long Haired Sheepskin By Isokon circa 1970 Bauhaus
Marcel Breuer 'Long Chair' birch bent ply with Icelandic long haired sheepskin hide by Isokon circa 1970s, the ‘Long chair’, with its bent frame of laminated golden birch wood supporting the shaped timber seat and back, this chair has been completely restored and newly upholstered in the finest Icelandic sheepskin, these hides come from rare Icelandic breeds of sheep, the characteristics of these hides include a super long fleece with hair of at least 4 or 5 inches, much longer than British sheep breeds, a truly stunning and unique one of a kind chair.
The chair ranks as one of the highlights of inter-war modernism, its use of moulded plywood anticipating the direction of post-WWII furniture design and manufacture. With its variants, and along with the plywood chairs of the renowned Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, from the 1930s, the ‘Long chair’ is one of the earliest examples of ‘organic’ plywood furniture. Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) was born in Hungary. He attended the Weimar Bauhaus between 1920 and 1924 and then was the ‘Young Master’ of its furniture worksop in Dessau from 1925-1928. From 1922, Breuer designed innovative wood-slat furniture and from 1925 also metal furniture beginning with his now iconic ‘B3’ (known as the ‘Wassily chair’ from the 1960s), the first modern tubular-steel chair for the domestic interior. From 1929 Breuer also designed cantilevered chairs from bent metal tubing, beginning with ‘B32’, later known as ‘Cesca’. (The firts cantilevered chair was designed by Mart Stam in 1926).
The experimental nature of plywood as a new material for furniture making, saw the ‘Long chair’ undergo several modifications over time for strength and durability. Nonetheless, its gentle contouring and simple, lightweight, elegant form anticipate concerns further elaborated on by prominent post-war designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Eero Saarinen. Marcel Breuer left Bauhaus in 1928 and then worked in Berlin, Switzerland and England. He migrated to America in 1937 where he, along with Gropius, attained a celebrated architectural career.
Condition report: The chair has been newly reupholstered in the finest Icelandic sheepskin hide and re lacquered, the chair is offered in excellent condition.
Height 32” inches / 81.28cm
Width 24” inches / 60.96cm
Length 52” inches / 132.08cm
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