MID CENTURY MARCEL BREUER BENT PLY BIRCH LONG CHAIR CIRCA 1970's
A fabulous Marcel Breuer Long Chair (1902-1981) as featured in the Victoria and Albert Museum ((V&A) London, Marcel Breuer has been described as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. He was an architect and furniture designer, working in both Europe and America. During a brief period in England, Breuer worked on private commissions and as a designer for the furniture manufacturer, Isokon.
The most important achievement of Breuer's two year union with Isokon was the Long Chair in 1936, Initially the seats were sent from Estonia and attached to London-made frames. Isokon would upholster the chair in fabric of the client's choice.
Although the chair's design derives from a Breuer aluminium chair of 1932-33, the use of plywood is influenced by the moulded furniture of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The British taste for Modernism favoured the soft curves and warm appearance of wood rather than the harsher aesthetic of metal furniture.
This magnificent example circa 1970's is in excellent original condition and finished in a Chocolate Brown fabric, looks amazing!
Statement of significance
The 'Long chair', with its bent frame of laminated birch wood supporting the shaped timber seat and back, was developed soon after Marcel Breuer settled in England in 1935. 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.
Height: 32” Inches
Width: 24” Inches
Length: 52” Inches