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Bauhaus Chairs

The Bauhaus S 32 and S 64 chairs are classic design classics

Bauhaus chairs

Among the major influences on the development of the Bauhaus furniture tradition were without question Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In context of their work as both designers and architects the trio created numerous furniture designs throughout the 1920s and 1930s which were to go on to become established, and much loved, furniture design classics. Especially popular were the chair designs and for all the cantilever chair: the unchallenged symbol of the Bauhaus era. The first cantilever chair, a chair with tubular steel frame and cantilever seat, was designed in 1926 by Mart Stam. Steel tubing was, next to plywood and sheet glass, the preferred material of the Bauhaus style - not least on account of its low cost and its ease of transporting - and the clear and cool metal quickly became a synonym for the relentless reform of furniture design during the era of classical modernism.


The cantilever chair

With the development of the Bauhaus cantilever chair in the 1920s the classic chair with its four legs was challenged and replaced by a cantilevered steel frame. An s-shaped curved base gave the necessary stability while also allowing for a smooth swinging of the chair. Although the Bauhaus students Marcel Breuer and Mart Stam were instrumental in developing this intrinsically Bauhaus design, the artistic copyright was awarded to Mart Stam for his chairs S 43 and S 43 F with armrests, works which have always been produced by Thonet.

Kragstuhl with wicker work seat

Thonet advertising for tubular steel furniture, such as the cantilever chair

The Kragstuhl

Just as with cantilever chairs Kragstühle - overhang chairs - have no hind legs; however, unlike the cantilever chair the more rigidly constructed Kragstühle frame does not move with the user, thus there is no feathering effect. The most important manufacturer of Kragstühle is the German producer Tecta whose Kragstuhl portfolio more than meets the standards of the classic Bauhaus cantilever chair. The Tecta chair designs from 1997 are formally very similar to a design by the French designer Jean Prouvé and are typically covered with a woven material.


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