Hungary 1902 – United States of America 1981
c.1936 Description: Chaise longue
Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: furniture, chairs, bent and laminated plywood
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