Finding Milo Baughman at Drexel

Acquisition

A few weeks ago, my son and I ventured into an estate sale madhouse. A lot of times a seller mistakenly identifies a sale or item as Mid-Century Modern (MCM) when it isn’t. My son  makes a game out of it, Ignorance or Malice? The rules are fairly self-explanatory. I just think it’s an attractive hook used to lure interested shoppers. Since there does seem to be so much confusion, I put together a primer on MCM.

But this sale wasn’t like the others. What it had were numerous photographs — posted earlier in the week — of an incredibly cool household.

The pack of buyers frothed rabid that morning. Fortunately Michael and I signed in as numbers 3 and 4 among the early dawn enthusiasts. Michael was still on crutches — a broken ankle from rugby. The melee didn’t favor his physical impairment, and being out of practice with first-day estate sales because of his job, the cutthroat frenzy took him by surprise.

The first people swarmed into the home like locusts — and we were among them. I reached the dining room first. I came face to face with the lovely table pictured below. “Where’s the price tag on this dining table?” I like to think that I presented my question in a calm and civil manner, but chances are the hapless worker witnessed a wild-eyed customer shouting incoherently about tags. After a chaotic few seconds I located the tag snatched it up. Others crashed toward me. This was the craziest sale I’d ever attended.
Milo Baughman Drexel 1952
Later, I learned Michael had headed to a bedroom but couldn’t grab sale tags speedily with his crutches hindering him. Faster shoppers outmaneuvered and frustrated him. We left the sale after an hour or so, only to be confronted by a line of shoppers still waiting to be ushered into  the home for the sale.
Milo Baughman Drexel 1952

We also purchased the matching china cabinet and lots of smalls over the next few days as prices dropped.

Research

Research came next. Who manufactured the dining set? The table, cabinet and chairs  provided a big clue: Drexel, all made in 1952.

Matching those exact pieces on the internet proved difficult. I came across suggestions that pioneer modern furniture designer Milo Baughman (pronounced MEE-lo BAWF-man) designed the set, but I wanted irrefutable proof. By training, I am a researcher.

Days later I cheered when I found a Chicago Tribune newspaper article from June 22, 1952, focused on Chicago’s big summer show of new furniture and accessories. It offered the first proof that linked Baughman with Drexel’s Today’s Living Collection. The important part of the article is in bold:

One of the largest new collections ever to be shown at once was brought out by Drexel Furniture company and includes a new Precedent group, “Precedent ’53,” of 35 pieces, designed by Milo Baughman in silver elm and beech. . . Baughman designed another modern group in elm and beech, with a spice finish, called “Today’s Living.” It is designed for young families with limited space. Source

I researched on Google, Google Scholar, our local library — they informed me I had exhausted their knowledge. I sent emails to Drexel Heritage with photos, especially the numbers.

Today's Living Dining Table -Stenciled Numbers
Today’s Living Dining Table – Stenciled Numbers. 100-4 is the model; 752 identifies the month and year the table was made: July, 1952

Drexel Heritage sent a pdf of the 1955 Today’s Living Catalog, which helped us verify our pieces.
Drexel's 1955 Today's Living Catalog Buffet
See? Our buffet numbers match the catalog number.
Drexel Today's Living Buffet numbers
Drexel 1955 Catalog Today's Living

Verification

My key question remained: Did Milo Baughman design the 1952 Today’s Living Collection for Drexel? And– at last — the confirmation email to me from Drexel Heritage:

“Yes, from the information we have that is correct.”

Baughman worked at Drexel in 1952, just a sliver of his successful life. The next year he moved on to Thayer Coggin, where he acquired his stellar reputation, and continued with them for the next 50 years. In the 1960s and 1970s designers at the High Point Market eagerly awaited the unveiling of Baughman’s newest pieces.

Several museums feature his designs, including New York City’s Whitney. The Furniture Hall of Fame inducted Baughman in 1987.

We’ll leave you with examples of his later designs. First, the man himself:
Milo Baughman

Burl Buffet by Milo BaughmanBurl Buffet by Milo Baughman / Thayer Coggin. Source.

T-Back Lounge Chair by Milo Baughman
T-Back Lounge Chair designed by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. Source.
Circle Sofa by Milo Baughman
Circle Sofa by Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin. Source.

We’re so fortunate that Drexel Heritage is still a functioning furniture manufacturer. Despite this fact, however, the Drexel rep still couldn’t provide me with a copy of the 1952 Today’s Living Collection catalog.

Researching source material such as catalogs and information on notable designers can be difficult, but this story has a happy ending.

Thanks for stopping by, and we love reading your comments.

Ann Marie and David

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Pause and Revitalize #15

Stop what you are doing for a moment and appreciate the beauty of colors surrounding you.

Leigh Hunt, English critic, essayist, poet, and writer (1784 – 1859)
Colours are the smiles of nature. Leigh Hunt copy

Georgia O’Keefe, American artist (1887-1986)
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Joan Miró, Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist (1893 – 1983)Joan Miró quote

Enjoy this color-filled day,

Ann Marie

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St. Augustine, Florida

Field Trip! Today we’re in St. Augustine, the oldest permanently European-occupied city in America. We started out at an estate sale south of the Old City and experienced great success — African masks, an African textile, a Chinese ceramic horse and Italian glass sculptures.

After the morning’s excitement we dawdled the afternoon away in the historic section of St. Augustine. Its Spanish colonial roots continue to draw locals and tourists alike.

Explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, his troops and settlers, first sighted land on the feast day of St. Agustín. They came ashore on September 8, 1565 and immediately celebrated with a Catholic Mass. Here’s the heroic Señor Menéndez:
St. Augustine Pedro Menéndez

Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fortification in the country, faced bombardment twice in the 18th century — once by the British and once by Georgia’s Governor Oglethorpe. Its porous coquina walls, made from soft limestone and shells, simply absorbed the  cannonballs.
St. Augustine Castillo de San Maracos

After the Civil War, many Native Americans from the West’s Indian Wars were imprisoned and died at the fort. The Castillo stayed in commission until 1900, serving under 5 flags: Spanish, British, United States, the Confederate States, and back to the United States.

Here’s a view of Mantanzas River from the grounds of the Castillo. The Bridge of Lions stretches across the river in the background. The Spanish word mantanzas means killings or slaughters, a reference the deaths of French Huguenots in a massacre led by Pedro Menéndez.
St. Augustine Mantanzas River

St. Augustine charms visitors with its variety of architecture. This wooden house, now a coffee cafe, would be typical for the early settlers.
St. Augustine Wood House

This cafe flies three flags of St. Augustine.
St. Augustine Cafe Flying 3 flags

Typical bricked side street in the historic district:
St, Augustine Hypolita Street

In the late 19th century, oil magnate Henry Flagler financed the building of the exclusive Ponce de León Hotel in Spanish Colonial style with Moorish influences. The building is now a part of Flagler College and known as Ponce de Leon Hall:
Flagler College

Even though we visited at the end of April, the temperature hovered around 87 degrees. Yes, it was a hot day. The lush vegetation, however, proved delightful.
St. Augustine lush gardens

That’s a statue of Queen Isabella on a burro to demonstrate her humility:
St. Augustine Statue of Queen Isabella

As refreshing as the foundation looks, I cooled off with a champagne mango popsicle.
St. Augustine fountain
St. Augustine fountain

Thanks for stopping by. Your comments always delight us.

Ann Marie and David

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Ingmar Relling’s Siesta Chair: A Design Icon

Norwegian Ingmar Relling (1920-2002) designed his Siesta chair in 1964. The following year it placed first at the Norwegian Furniture Council’s design competition. Siesta gave Relling a premier spot in Scandinavian design history along with international acclaim. In fact, this chair is recognized as the icebreaker leading to Norway’s entrée into international furniture markets.
Ingmar Relling Siesta Chair

The Vanishing Barcelona Chair

Last weekend we acquired a pair of low-back Siesta chairs of our own. I wish I could claim it was expected. Despite these Norwegian beauties catching our attention online earlier in the week, we opted to go to another estate sale for, what we thought, a bigger prize.

Friday morning we groggily stood in a line many miles away. Numbers 1 and 2 on the sign-in sheet. David, normally gregarious, communicated in monosllyabic responses. We were on a mission: Michael sent us to snap up a fetching Barcelona chair (or well-made reproduction) wrapped in a rich white leather.

Barcelona Chair repro
Barcelona Chair repro. Original designed by Mies van der Rohe, 1929. Source

The doors of the sale opened and we raced inside, only to learn a disappointing and infuriating truth: someone had removed the Barcelona chair the previous evening — before the sale began.

There’s no telling what happened. Was it removed by the family, as the estate agent apologetically explained? Or was it something more nefarious, as some dealers muttered darkly: a price agreed upon before the general public could lay claim to it? Bad business, indeed.

Oh, and the snappy 1979 red MGB with red piping on the upholstery seams that, unbeknown to us, had captured David’s imagination? It was no longer there either. David wanted to at least drool over it for a few minutes. He believes everyone should own an MG at least once. Fortunately he already has enjoyed that experience.

David texted our son, Michael, with the sad news that the Barcelona Chair had vanished. The two shared moment of shock and anger. Michael opined on one of his favorite estate sale topics: the need for a cohesive set of guidelines to bring order to a largely ad hoc business. We listened politely. But, taking stock of the situation, we had gambled on the Barcelona chair and miscalculated badly.

Enter, Siesta Chairs

We headed home to regroup. While I gulped down a glass of cold pomegranate juice, David phoned the estate sale with the “Westnofa” chairs. Surprise — they were still available. When we heard the asking price, we knew why. If they survived until 9 am the next morning, when everything at the sale dropped by 30% . . .

After talking it over that night, the three of us came to a decision: we’d buy them. David took the lead on this one, leaving at 7:15 am for a 45 minute trip across the St Johns River. He signed in as number 2 on the list. The doors opened and he made a beeline for the chairs and fended off another shopper who came in behind him. He kept the purchase quiet until he triumphantly returned with a pair of matching Siesta Chairs. Very exciting.

Sadly, it was too much to hope for matching ottomans. Not that we’re complaining. David likes the thrill of the hunt and the adrenalin rush of the purchase. He compared his adventure to a Deerslayer moment, with Ingmar Relling’s Siesta chairs in the sight of his imaginary long rife. And he got two with one shot.

A lot of craftsmanship went into the Siesta chair. This is a serious merging of design and function into luxurious comfort. Laminated, bent beechwood create the bones, while a soft leather seat welcomes your tired body. More interestingly, the color changes with the light. Here’s a shot of it around midday — brown, right?
Ingmar Relling Siesta Chair
And in late afternoon light it appears burgundy:
Ingmar Relling Siesta Chair

Look at the back! Cords and canvas offer trampoline-like comfort. We’re not kidding — not only is it incredibly light, the Siesta chair is also sensationally comfortable.
Ingmar Relling Siesta Chair

Ingmar Relling Siesta Chair

Ingmar Relling Siesta Chair
Occasionally people claim that Westnofa manufactured these chairs. That would be wrong. Westnofa, created in the 1950s, was an umbrella Norwegian organization intended to promote trade in international markets. Vestlandske originally manufactured Siesta. In 1997 Ekornes bought Vestlandske. Currently Rybo produces this timeless chair.
Ingmar Relling Siesta Chair
We love Rybo’s description of Relling’s process:

Simplicity, minimalism, elegance and uncompromising quality are key concepts in all Relling’s designs. Sleek, clear lines, not to mention the obvious correlation between design and function, were essential for Ingmar Relling, who always was closely involved with the chair’s development after it left the drawing board. Even in the design phase, it was crucial for Relling that the chair should be eco-friendly – with optimized use of materials, wood from sustainable forests, maximum durability and reusability. This is typical of Ingmar Relling, who, as well as being a designer, was a dedicated humanist, interested in dimensions extending beyond the purely aesthetic. Source

Function equal to form. Comfort interwoven with responsible design. Something to ponder, maybe, after I melt back into the chair’s soft embrace. Ingred Relling Siesta Chairs

 

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Pause and Revitalize #14

Welcome! I offer you a few minutes to breathe deeply. Think about where you are headed. Reflect on your dreams, taking risks and — this is important — recognizing your strength. Inhale . . . exhale. You really are amazing.

 

Langston Hughes, American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright (1902 – 1967)
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Paulo Coelho, Brazilian lyricist and novelist. (1947 – )
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Thomas Merton, American Catholic writer and mystic (1915 – 1968)
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Enjoy this day. Try something new.

Ann Marie

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Broyhill Premier Sculptra Bedroom Set

Our striking Kent-Coffey Sequence bedroom set sold recently and left a hole in our booth. We quickly filled it with new acquisitions: 4 pieces of a Broyhill Premier Sculptra bedroom set. It stretches along one side of the booth: chest, dresser, nightstand and headboard hanging above. This headboard is unique because it’s one of the first king-sized headboards that Broyhill Premier produced.

Broyhill Premier Sculptra Bedroom Set

Our pieces are dated 1964 but Broyhill Premier introduced the Sculptra Collection in 1957 and continued its production into the mid-1960s. Designed to have a Scandinavian sensibility, the Sculptra line boasted sophistication and style aimed at a voracious upper-middle class audience.

Broyhill Premier Sculptra Bedroom Set

Boyhill Premier Sculptra logo
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Despite her strong lines and subtle charm, the Sculptra line is often overshadowed by Brasilia, a sister collection introduced by Broyhill Premiere in 1962 that sought to capture the spirit of Brazil’s new capital.

Broyhill Premier Brasilia Collection
Broyhill Premier Brasilia Collection

While Brasilia has the drama of swoops and arches, Sculptra offers rectangles and restraint. The carved elliptical pulls — shaped like cat eyes — offer a delightful contrast.

Broyhill Prremier Sculptra Chest
Broyhill Premier Sculptra Chest

The closest we come to a swoop is this delicate dip on the top of the headboard. Sadly, this set does not include a footboard.

Broyhill Premier Sculptra Headboard
Broyhill Premier Sculptra King Headboard

Creation of Broyhill Premiere

The story of Broyhill furniture stretches across the 20th Century, composed of a family of entrepreneurs  whose vision and guidance kept the company afloat. Following the end of World War II, Broyhill Furniture faced ruin. Despite an initial post-war surge of buyers, by 1949 demand had all but dried up. The company found itself in dire straits, as lagging demand forced the company to cut its workers’ hours down to three days a week.

Luckily for the company, Ed Broyhill proved to be visionary. He allowed his business to adapt. Faced with a market indifferent to the large, opulent pieces produced by his company, Ed turned to his son Paul to modernize and diversify the company’s lines. The sleek, modern pieces marketed by Paul Broyhill bolstered the sagging fortunes of Broyhill furniture and paved the way for the creation of the Broyhill Premiere collections.

Established in 1957, Broyhill Premiere sought to capitalize on a rapidly expanding market. Changing tastes led Americans to demand sophistication and style, but above all, quality. The collections were aimed at young, affluent families looking for an alternative to their parents’ massive and ornate furniture. Broyhill Premiere found immediate success, but was not profitable until the 1960s.

Continued commercial success allowed for the expansion of both the company and the furniture collections. The company issued a letter in 1966 explaining their philosophy of the Sculptra line. Here’s a portion of it:

October 10, 1966

Sculptra
In recent years modern designers have been paring away at the excesses in scale, weight and ornamentation in art, architecture, furniture design, and countless other related fields. A new reverence has developed for clean, uncluttered, but graceful lines which are functional and well proportioned. Designers and furniture craftsmen in the Scandinavian countries of Europe have undoubtedly thrust themselves into the forefront of this new “Puritanism.” Their success has been evidenced by the fact that a great deal of the furniture produced in the past few decades which adheres to this principle has become known throughout the world as “Scandinavian Modern.”

Sculptra is an outstanding example of this “imported look” of Scandinavian Modern. It is master-crafted by Broyhill Premier in beautifully grained American walnut. Sculptured moulding bonded to the faces of doors present an outstanding principle design motif. Carved elliptical recessed drawer pulls contribute to the elegant simplicity. A curved stretcher between the gently tapered legs arches gracefully to support leg pieces. A unique moulded gallery rail sweeps upward from the top of many case pieces to add to the sculptured effect.

As you can see, our wooden pieces have endured years of use. This is a Before shot showing  the wear that comes with age and use.

Broyhill Premier Sculptra pulls
Broyhill Premier Sculptra pulls

David rubbed it down with Watco Danish Oil to revive the rich brandy walnut finish. Here’s an After shot in the late afternoon sun:
Broyhill Premier Sculptra Oiled Wood Detail

Notice that the finish has been completely rubbed off the center of those cats eyes. Years of fingernail contact with the wood caused that. The handles are metal and originally painted in wood tone. David used a brush to saturate that bare area with Watco.

The result is mixed. He plans on removing the handles, masking off the drawer and spraying the cutout surfaces with Touch Up Solutions’ Aerosol Toner-Dye Extra Dark Walnut. The dye will add a uniform walnut color to the visible areas in the center of the drawer pills. He estimates it will take 15 minutes, tops.

We found all 4 pieces in very good shape — pretty amazing. Minimal finish issues were easily solved by using Watco Danish Oil Medium Walnut to even out the color and renew the top coat. Of course, “easily solved” is a bit misleading. The finished product represents three grueling 8-hour days of cleaning, oiling, rubbing, oiling, rubbing . . .  you get the idea. One coat is never enough. The 60-year-old wood/finish soaked up the Danish Oil.

This is important: David made sure he didn’t leave oil on the wood past the specified drying time. If left too long, the oil becomes a sticky residue. Be sure to follow the instructions on the container.

Broyhill Premier Sculptra Bedroom Set

While I appreciate the strong lines and subtle curves of the entire set, I think the King Headboard is a crucial selling point for our collection. Unlike the assortment of undersized Twin and Double size so prevalent in Mid Century Modern furniture, the King Headboard didn’t exist before the mid-60s. I’m inclined to believe in the scarcity of these big headboards. In over a year-and-a-half of searching estate sales, this is the first King we’ve come across. I could be wrong though. If you’ve had better success, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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Ann Marie and David

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Pause and Revitalize #13

My weekly Pause and Revitalize posts went on hiatus for a few weeks. I’m back and happy to offer you a dash of inspiration and encouragement.

Thomas Merton, American Catholic writer, mystic, poet, social activist (1915 – 1968)
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Henri Matisse, French painter and sculptor (1869-1954)
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Diana Nyad, American author, journalist, motivational speaker, and long-distance swimmer (1949 – )
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Enjoy the day and give yourself a well-deserved break.

Ann Marie

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Wooden Column Gets Weather Worn Look

This weathered wooden column underwent a rather strange transformation. I first came across it at an estate sale — and didn’t buy it. Several weeks later I eyed it at a charity sale and grabbed it.

As soon as we loaded it into our SUV I set my plan into motion. The neglected piece needed cleaning, repairs and new paint to match my vision, but I’m pleased with how it turned out. The column is sturdier and better suited to the out-of-doors and still maintains its weather worn look. Here’s a Before shot:Wooden Ionic Column

Her original weathered look was not cosmetic. By the looks of it, a previous owner probably kept her on a screened-in porch and used it her a plant stand. Keeping the column within reach of the rain may have benefited the plants, but it certainly didn’t help the column’s appearance. Her weather worn look was real.

To make matters worse, the woodworker who made this baby decided to leave messy grout lines that cracked after time and exposure took their toll. David cleaned all that up and made repairs. Good job, David! Another Before Paint shot:
Wooden Ionic column

I wanted to paint her with my preferred brand, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Since new owners may put her back on a porch, I wouldn’t use Clear Wax.

But David had other ideas. He pushed for water-based latex paint because he wanted only one coat on her. ASCP would probably need 3 coats. A trip to Ace Hardware for paint led to acquiring samples of Valspar. We settled on a white primer and “State of Mind,” a brownish gray color to help age her up.
Valspar State of Mind

I slapped on the white primer as rainclouds began to churn overhead. “It’s going to rain,” David called out. I decided if I didn’t acknowledge him, the storm would pass us by.
Wooden ionic column

I didn’t completely cover her with paint because I wanted her to look weathered — similar to how we found her. Ironic, isn’t it? Our intervention simply made her sturdier and cleaner.  Anyway, I finished before a drop fell and lugged her into the kitchen.
Wooden Ionic column

A chip brush helped with my dry-brush technique. I just dipped the ends of the brush into the paint and off loaded the excess on some cardboard. Then I randomly created a weathered look — just like she started with. Alas, no photos of this step.

A plant could easily sit on this girl, but we already had a plaster pineapple in our booth at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery. The kicker is that this pineapple sat upon the column at the original estate sale. We bought the pineapple and left the column. I reintroduced them, and don’t they make a lovely couple?
Pineapple on Wooden Column

I priced them individually so the new owner can have a choice: pineapple or plant. Either way, this column is ready for more action.
Plaster Pineapple on Wooden Column

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Embracing Change

Bauhaus and the Wassily Chair

A reproduction Wassily chair from the 1980’s turned up on Craigslist the other day. Before anyone else could pounce on the deal we snapped it up. It’s a beauty. An amalgam of white leather and steel tubing, the original was a chair ahead of its time. Despite its sleek lines and modern looks, Marcel Breuer designed the Wassily chair while working in the Bauhaus studio in 1925-26.

Wassily Chair Repro
Wassily Chair Repro, White Leather

Bauhaus

Eighteen-year old Breuer began his studies at Bauhaus in the city of Weimar, Germany in 1920. It later moved to Dessau and then Berlin. Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus as an arts and crafts school — now regarded as the most influential modernist school in the 20th century. Sadly, the forward-looking school closed its doors in 1933 after the Nazis assumed power.

Bauhaus Dessau
Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany – UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site

Gropius envisioned a confluence of art, society and technology in this school. Masters encouraged students to design highly functional, aesthetically pleasing goods that could be mass produced.

Members of the Bauhaus believed everyday items could be artistic as well as useful. Their work, intended for the populace at affordable prices, had the potential to elevate citizens and society. Envisioning a better tomorrow, they merged art and industry.

Heavy hitters from the art world such as Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee taught at the Bauhaus. Students trained in workshops under the supervision of masters. The carpentry, ceramics, metalwork, wall painting and weaving workshops defined the Bauhaus.

Marianne Brant’s tea infuser and strainer, for example, reimagines a teapot by applying  abstract geometrical forms. It’s pleasing to the eye, and offers a functional, dripless container. Only 3-inches tall, it was designed to hold concentrated tea that could be poured into a cup of hot water. This handmade beauty was never mass produced.

Bauhaus tea infuser
Tea infuser and strainer designed by Marianne Brandt, ca. 1924

Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s Bauhaus lamp looks contemporary yet, like Brandt’s tea infuser, was designed in 1924. Geometric shapes define it: a round base, cylindrical shaft and spherical shade. The Bauhaus lamp was handmade. Today it is produced by Techno-lumen of Bremen, Germany.

Bauhaus Lamp
Bauhaus Lamp designed by Wilhelm Wagenfeld, ca. 1924

Marcel Breuer

Graduating the Bauhaus in 1924, Breuer returned in 1925 to become master of the carpentry workshop. Just as significant, that year Breuer bought his first bicycle: light and strong, with handlebars made of tubular steel. He began experimenting with chair designs.

Mass production made me interested in polished metal, in shiny and impeccable lines in space, as new components of our interiors. I considered such polished and curved lines not only symbolic of our modern technology but actually to be technology.” — Marcel Breuer Source

Marcel Breuer Sitting on Model B3 Chair
Marcel Breuer Sitting on Model B3 Chair, 1926

 

With its minimal design, essential lines and planes, and taut canvas the Model B3 Chair proved simple and affordable. In the second half of the 20th century it collected awards from the Museum of Modern Art and was recognized as a “Piece of Art” in (West) Germany in 1982.

Originally known as the Model B3 Chair, its later name of Wassily Chair resulted from an encounter Breuer had with Wassily Kandinsky, artist and Bauhaus master. Kandinsky saw the prototype, admired it, and Breuer made the next one for Kandinsky’s personal quarters. In fact, Breuer furnished the entire Bauhaus with his chairs.

The name change, from the romantic Model B3 Chair to the Wassily Chair, occurred in the 1960s when an Italian manufacturer rereleased it with leather instead of canvas fabric and incorporated the anecdote involving Kandinsky into a name change. Knoll now manufactures it, offering it in leather and cow hide.

Wassily Chair by Knoll
Wassily Chair by Knoll, $2,498

I’ve learned that the Gropius-designed Bauhaus building in Dessau, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, offers a bed-and-breakfast experience. You can “Spend the night like a Bauhausler” and walk in the steps of modernist masters.
Bauhaus Dessau Bauhaus Dessau
Meanwhile, our Wassily Chair repro sits in our booth at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery. Doesn’t it look inviting?

Wassily Chair Repro
Wassily Chair Repro
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Pause and Revitalize #12

Be kind to yourself today and share kindness with others. All of us have days where a generous word from another makes our journey just a bit easier.

Maya Angelou, American author, poet, and civil rights activist (1928 – 2014)
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Alan Rickman, English actor and director (1946 – 2016)
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