Among all the cantilever chairs of the Bauhaus epoch, the armchair S 35, with its lightness, flexibility and comfort, casts a shadow over everything heavy and inert. In 1930, the modern lifestyle communicated by the S 35 appeared visionary; today, it is part of our mobile and individual lifestyle. With the S 35, Marcel Breuer succeeded in combining all of the functions of a cantilever tubular steel armchair in a single line that also includes the armrests. Breuer achieved a double cantilever effect with his design: seat and armrests flex independently of each other. The flexing movement of the seat and backrest frame cantilevered towards the back is balanced by the flexing armrests. A matching footstool is available for extra comfort – also designed as a cantilever piece of furniture. The comfortable club chair S 35 was first presented in 1930 in the famous Deutscher Werkbund exhibition at the “Salon des Artistes Décorateurs” in Paris as part of the furnishing of a prototypical high-rise apartment which Breuer realised together with Walter Gropius and Herbert Bayer.
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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.