Mart Stam

 
Mart Stam (born 5. August 1899 in Purmerend/Holland; died 23. Februar 1986 in Goldbach/Switzerland) was a Dutch architect and designer who played a pivotal role in the development of mid-20th century design and who is perhaps best remembered for developing the cantilever chair. After completing a qualification as a draftsman Stam spent three years working in a Rotterdam architectural practice before moving on to first Berlin and then Zurich where he worked with, amongst others, Karl Moser. From Zurich he travelled further over Paris back to Rotterdam where he helped build the Van Nelle factory. A decisive moment in Mart Stams career came through his contribution to the 1927 Weissenhof Estate, a process which not only brought him international attention, but also brought him into contact with illustrious contemporaries including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. In the same year Stam's designs for a tubular steel cantilever chair not only increased his reputation but also encouraged other designers to experiment with a similar strategy - which resulted in a copyright case between Stam and Marcel Breuer. In 1930 Stam was part of Ernst May's "May Brigade" of architects who travelled to Russia to build new cities - a project that was not as successful as the participants had hoped. In 1934 Stam returned to Rotterdam to work, and in 1939 was appointed Head of the Dutch Institute of Industrial Art. After the war Stam briefly returne dto Germany to hekp with rebuilding before in 1966 he and his wife retired to Switzerland. Aside from building works such as the Reihenhaus in der Weißenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart or the Siedlung Hellerhof in Frankfurt Mart Stam is undoubtedly best known for his S 43 cantilever chair produced by Thonet.

S 43 Classic
S 43F Classic
S 33 / S 34
S 43 K
Stuhl W1 Miniature

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(smow) blog compact: aed Stuttgart present Zukunftslabor Weißenhofsiedlung, 31.08.2014

... A construction which for us stands very much in the tradition, and indeed hope, of the original exhibition. The aed Stuttgart tour "Zukunftslabor Weißenhofsiedlung" takes place on Wednesday 17th September at 7pm. All are welcome, but advance registration...



(smow) blog compact IMM Cologne Special: Thonet, 24.01.2014

... Not available in coloured steel tubing, yet every bit as appealing, are the new glass versions of the B 9 and B 97 series - objects that add a dignified decadence to the reserved charm of the wood versions. Elsewhere a more than notable mention must go to...



Celebrating 5 years (smow) online. Thonet join the party....., 25.10.2013

... Steel tubing. Through close contact with designers and architects including Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, Thonet were perfectly placed to observe the new mood sweeping 1920s Europe. And through their experience in bending ... Heath Robinson and K. R. G. Browne - objects such as Mart Stam's S 43 cantilever chair and S 33 cantilever chair or Marcel Breuer's S 285 desk and B 9 stacking tables established themselves as...



Bauhaus Archiv Berlin Stühle ohne Beine: Interview with Prof. Dr. Florian Hufnagl, 21.03.2012

... And not only did they categorically decided in favour of Mart Stam, but also clearly defined Marcel Breuer's role. And such a definitive and clear resolution of such a dispute is still important for today's designers as, at least here in Europe, it brings...



Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat ... gift ideas from House Thonet, 07.12.2010

... Thonet S 43 Classic by Mart Stam A further development of Mart Stam's classic cantilever chair design the Thonet S 43 mixes plywood with steel tubing to produce an unmistakable, reduced design that works just as well at a desk as at a dinning table. The S ... The Thonet S 43 by Mart Stam is available in a range of woods and colours. Thonet B 117 by Thonet The thing that one must always remember about Thonet is that they began producing and trading in...



Garden Furniture: Top 5, 09.07.2010

... S 43 teak from Thonet Mart Stams classic steel tube chair in an outdoor version. Available with or without armrests the S43 teak from Thonet allows you to take your Bauhaus living and dining room out into the garden. Vegetal by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec...



new at (smow): Müller Möbelfabrikation, 02.03.2010

... In 1926 Mart Stam bent some steel and got a chair. In 1953 Egon Eiermann welded some steel and got a table frame. And today Müller Möbelfabrikation bend steel and produce wonderfully, elegant and practical tables and units. Available in a fantastic...






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