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Chaise Longue

A work made of bent plywood, laminated and solid wood.

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  • A work made of bent plywood, laminated and solid wood.

Date:

1936/37

Artist:

Designed by Marcel Breuer
American, born Hungary, 1902-1981
Manufactured by Isokon Furniture Company
England

About this artwork

After creating groundbreaking tubular steel furniture at the Bauhaus design school in Germany, Marcel Breuer moved to London and began a brief yet highly productive association with Jack Pritchard, an architect and promoter of modern design in Great Britain. Recognizing that metal furniture was likely too stark for British taste, Prichard’s company Isokon Furniture developed furniture in bent plywood that was inspired by pioneering work in this material by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Breuer’s lounge chair design for Isokon capitalized on the flexibility of plywood to replace legs and arms with a dynamic network of narrow wood ribbons for the chair’s arm rests, back, and sleigh-like base.

Status

On View, Gallery 285

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Marcel Breuer

Title

Chaise Longue

Origin

England

Date

1936–1937

Medium

Bent plywood, laminated and solid wood

Dimensions

71.8 × 60.6 × 141 cm (28 1/4 × 23 7/8 × 55 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Sylvain Bellenger

Reference Number

2015.471

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