This comfortable club chair was presented in 1930 at the Paris Grand Palais as a contribution by the Deutscher Werkbund. Together with Walter Gropius and Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer organized this premiere of contemporary German furniture production in France. With the S 35 he succeeded in integrating all of the functions of a tubular steel cantilever chair with the construction of a single uninterrupted line. The cantilever effect was thus doubled because the armrests, which flex independently from the seat, balance the swinging of the seat and backrest frame that projects towards the back. A matching footstool is available.
Frames chrome-plated tubular steel. Seat, backrest and footstool stretched with black full-grain butt leather or brown buffalo hide. Armrests in stained beech or oiled walnut.
The presence in Weimar of Theo van Doesburg, co-founder of the De Stijl movement, and the design principles that he promoted influenced the development of the Bauhaus from 1921 at the very latest. The chair made in 1921 by Marcel Breuer and Gunta Stölzl displays distinct formal evidence of the principles of the Dutch art group. Everything about this chair is rectangular: backrest, seat, the cross-section of the chair legs; even the woven tapestry strips form squares or rectangles. The colours for this piece were also selected according to the De Stijl concept with a palette limited to red, blue and yellow enhanced by black, white and grey.
Siebenbrodt, Michael (Ed.): Bauhaus Weimar: Designs for the Future, Ostfildern-Ruit 2000.
Just Chairs – 4 Famous Chairs Reinterpreted by Dutch designer Michael Kluver
From left to right: Eames, Breuer, Rietveld and MackIntosh
The chairs in this project are altered versions of modernist design classics. All pushed back into the simple archetype form. All of them are now dominated by simple ergonomic dimensions. Same seating height,seating width, seating depth, overall height, and angle of the backrest. Demystifying the past and asking important questions with regards to the future.
Bent aluminum, painted plywood. 74 cm (29 1/8 in) high Manufactured by Embru-Werke AG, Switzerland, for Stylclair, France. Stretcher impressed with ’58 301′ and metal lable with ‘MEUB ES STYLCLAIR/LYON PARIS’.