Chair with Colourful Woven Seat

Marcel Breuer (frame) / Gunta Stölzl (cover), Chair with Colourful Woven Seat, 1921
Weimar Classics Foundation, (N 225/55)

Marcel Breuer (frame) / Gunta Stölzl (cover), Chair with Colourful Woven Seat, 1921
Weimar Classics Foundation, (N 225/55)

The presence in Weimar of Theo van Doesburg, co-founder of the De Stijl movement, and the design principles that he promoted influenced the development of the Bauhaus from 1921 at the very latest. The chair made in 1921 by Marcel Breuer and Gunta Stölzl displays distinct formal evidence of the principles of the Dutch art group. Everything about this chair is rectangular: backrest, seat, the cross-section of the chair legs; even the woven tapestry strips form squares or rectangles. The colours for this piece were also selected according to the De Stijl concept with a palette limited to red, blue and yellow enhanced by black, white and grey.

Literature:
Siebenbrodt, Michael (Ed.): Bauhaus Weimar: Designs for the Future, Ostfildern-Ruit 2000.