D4 Folding ChairMarcel Breuer $1,718.00
The D4 Chair was advertised in Marcel Breuer’s first tubular steel catalog in 1927. According to the catalog, the chair was particularly suitable for luxury ships, summer houses, gardens and garden cafés. The he D4 proved itself far superior to the Wassily model. Unlike conventional lounge chairs it was greatly reduced in volume, collapsible and had the added advantage of taking up space only when being used. While the D4 has some similar angles to Gerrit Rietveld’s red and blue chair, the fixed surfaces are replaced by fabric that is yielding yet holds its form, and is dyed rather than color-coated. The tubular steel material and visible joints represent the change in technical conditions of production from craftsmanship to industrial design. In 1980, Marcel Breuer's chair was officially added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A unique copy of the first B4/D4 chair, featuring Peter Keler’s horsehair fabric, is also held in the permanent collection of the Cantilever Chair Museum Tecta Archive in Lauenförde, Germany
Measurements: W 30.7" X H 27.9" X D 24"
Materials: Nickel Plated Steel Tubing, Colin Fabric, Cow Hide or Black and White Colin Fabric
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Known as the the man who unlocked the potential of tubular steel, Marcel Breuer completed an apprenticeship in the carpentry workshop at the Bauhaus between 1920 and 1924. After a brief stint in Paris he took over the workshop at the Bauhaus in Dessau in 1925. In 1925/26 Breuer created his first articles of tubular steel furniture. Breuer states: "I have specifically chosen metal for these pieces of furniture to achieve the characteristics of modern spatial elements...The heavy, pretentious upholstery of a comfortable armchair has been replaced by tightly stretched fabric surfaces and a few dimensional, springy, cylindrical brackets. Writing on Breuer’s impact, Peter Smithson notes that, among the second generation of Modernist designers, only Breuer succeeded in capturing the spirit of his age in his furniture.
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