F 51-3 Sofa
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The Walter Gropius designed cubist F 51 armchair and sofa suite combine voluminous upholstery with a novel frame. This intersection of volume and linearity is reminiscent of contemporary architecture projects by Gropius, particularly the residential building that he referred to as Baukasten im Grossen (Large-scale building kit). But the frame of this armchair is significant for another reason. The armrests protrude freely and even the back of the chair does not touch the ground. When the upholstery is removed, this cantilever armrest structure reveals itself as a precursor of the cantilever chairs, and anticipates, if turned 90 degrees, Marcel Breuer’s stool on runners from 1925. Walter Gropius' timeless and comfortable F 51-3 sofa is a masterwork of functional design and works beautifully in discerning residential or high-traffic commercial settings.
Measurements: W 84.6" X H 27.6" X D 29.5"
Materials: Solid Ash, Solid Oak or Solid Walnut, Selected Lacquer color, High-Density Cushion Core, Selected Upholstery
Walter Gropius established his own architecture and industrial design practice in 1910. His output in this period included wallpapers, mass-produced interior furnishings, car bodies and even a diesel locomotive. The Fagus Factory in Alfeld an der Leine, which he designed together with Adolf Meyer, would be his first major architectural work. With its transparent façade of steel and glass, this factory building is widely held to be a pioneering work of what later became known as Modern Architecture, evolving eventually in the 1920s into the Neues Bauen - New Objectivity movement. The Fagus Factory was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in June 2011. After the First World War, Gropius became a founding member of the Bauhaus. In 1919 he succeeded Henry van de Veldes as the Director of the Großherzoglich-Sächsischen Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Weimar and renamed the institute Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar. Gropius held the office of Director in Weimar until 1926 and subsequently in Dessau. He was succeeded by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who directed the Bauhaus until its closure in 1933. Gropius immigrated to England in 1934, following a smear campaign by the Nazis, who branded the Bauhaus a Church of Marxism. In 1937 he relocated to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as a professor of architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.