Among the tubular steel furniture models, the cantilever chair S 32 is especially versatile. It is at home in various design worlds and fits in with uncompromisingly modern interior design as well as in a diversified mix that gives space to different epochs and styles. The cantilever chair S 32 and the version S 64 with armrests are the most famous tubular steel classics. The appealing combination of new and old contribute to their popularity: Thonet’s tradition in the production of bentwood furniture with characteristic Vienna wickerwork, in contrast with the revolutionary use of tubular steel. Seat and backrest made of bent solid wood with wickerwork represent tradition, and the frame represents the present and future. With their versatility, they became bestselling cantilever chairs and still are today. Marcel Breuer designed the S 32 and S 64 during his time in Berlin in 1928. Thonet has been producing both models since 1930. Due to their aesthetic reduction and clarity combined with the airy wickerwork, the classics fit into the most diverse environments, from conference rooms and waiting areas to restaurants and private homes.
*artistic copyright Mart Stam
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Marcel Breuer was born in 1902 in Pécs, Hungary. He started an art degree but chose instead to study at the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar from 1920 to 1924. Breuer took over the management of the joiner’s workshop at the Bauhaus from 1925 to 1928, which had meanwhile moved to Dessau. During this time, he was strongly influenced by constructivism and De Stijl and developed a few trend-setting tubular steel furniture designs. In 1928 Breuer moved to Berlin and dedicated himself mainly to the field of interior design. In 1931 he travelled extensively before starting work on several aluminium furniture designs in Switzerland in 1932. Breuer moved to London in 1935, where he worked as an architect. In 1937 he was granted a professorship for architecture at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he later opened an architectural office together with Walter Gropius. Breuer opened his own studio in New York in 1946 and realized numerous designs in Europe and the United States. He is considered one of the most important architects and designers of modernism. Marcel Breuer died on 1 July 1981 in New York. *Artistic copyright Mart Stam
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