"This book offers the first comprehensive study of Marcel Breuer's enormously influential designs for furniture and interiors. Trained at the Bauhaus, with its emphasis on knowledge of materials, the young Breuer brought to his work a vital originality of conception and freedom of mind. His invention of tubular-steel furniture, uniquely suited to the modern interior and to modern methods of mass production, was revolutionary, setting off a tremendous burst of creativity in the world of design.
Based on research in archives and collections in Europe and the United States and on interviews with Breuer himself and with colleagues and manufacturers, this book offers a remarkably detailed account of the Breuer contribution in furniture and interiors"
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Youth and Early Work, 1902-25; Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus Weimar; Wooden Furniture (I); The Question of De Stijl Influence; Wooden Furniture (II); Wooden Furniture (III); Bauhaus Dessau 1925-28; First Tubular-Steel Furniture; Furniture in the School Buildings; Bauhaus Masters' Houses; Tubular-Steel Furniture and Standard-Mobel; Interiors 1926-28; Tubular Steel and the New Interior; The Tubular-Steel Cantilevered Chair; Breuer's First Cantilevered Designs; Anton Lorenz and the Business of Tubular Steel; Table Designs 1928; Furniture Designs 1928-29; Architectural Practice in Berlin 1928-31; Interiors; Furniture; Travels and Design Work 1931-34; Harnismacher House; Switzerland; Wohnbedarf Furniture; Aluminum Furniture 1932-34; The Chair Designs; England and Isokon 1935-37; Isokon, For Ease, For Ever; The Reclining Chairs; Other Isokon Furniture Designs; Heal's Seven Architects Exhibition 1936; Breuer & Yorke, Architectural Commissions; The United States 1937-67; Bryn Mawr Dormitory Furniture; Frank House; Cutout-Plywood Furniture; Independent Practice; Geller House; Geller Furniture and the Museum of Modern Art Competition; Later Work; Conclusion; Appendixes: 1) Tubular-Steel Designs Misattributed to Breuer 2) The House Interior by Marcel Breuer, Notes; Bibliography; Photographic Credits