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On display on Level 2

Marcel BREUER

Hungary 1902 – United States of America 1981

designer

ISOKON FURNITURE COMPANY

commenced 1935

manufacturer (organisation)

Long Chair c.1936 Description: Chaise longue
Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: furniture, chairs, bent and laminated plywood

Primary Insc: Paper label to stretcher: ISOKON FURNITURE CO/TELE PRI 5562/LONDON N.W.3/ISOKON LONG CHAIR/PAT No 478138/REGD. No 812856/MADE IN ENGLAND
Dimensions: 75.7 h x 61.0 w x 130.00 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2003
Accession No: NGA 2004.272

Following his work in Germany at the Bauhaus design school, the architect Marcel Breuer migrated to Britain where, during the 1930s, he developed his Bauhaus experiments with the newly-formed British company, Isokon, producing a range of furniture in plywood designed for an emergent British market for modernist furniture. The sculptural visual form and use of then new materials and experimental manufacturing processes gave the Long chair a strong link to the organic modernism evident in sculpture and other art of the period.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design