Lounge chair

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1936-1938

GUSN

GUSN-56326

Description

Lounge chair with formed, laminated seat frame, arms, legs, footrest support.

Details

Descriptive Terms

couches (reclining furniture)
birch (wood)
canvas
Modern (styles and periods)
Lounge

Label

"Cherished Possessions": Working in England, where he had gone to join Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer reworked an earlier design for an aluminum lounge chair so that it could be manufactured in birch plywood, a warmer, less austere material. The result was the long chair, which, according to one critic, was “the most important example of modernist furniture [designed] in England.” Years later, covered with sheepskin, this was one of the Gropius family's favorite chairs.

Associated Building

Original to Gropius House (Lincoln, Mass.),

Related Items

Title Lounge Cushion Accession Number 1984.25B

Maker

Breuer, Marcel, 1902-1981 (Designer)
Isokon (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

Germany; London, USA

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

29 x 24 5/8 x 55 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Ise Gropius

Accession Number

1984.25A