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Pair of Marcel Breuer Thonet B35 Cantilever Black Leather Sling Lounge Chairs


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Handsome set of mid-century modern cantilever black leather lounge chairs designed by Marcel Breuer for Thonet. These model B35 armchairs demonstrate a European Modern Bauhaus discipline that will keep them forever timeless. The tubular chromed steel frame is shaped into an innovative “S” cantilever form that provides for a relaxed, bounce when you sit. The cantilever essentially acts as a spring adding bounce flexibility and comfort with help of the stitched leather. Both chairs have their original buffalo leather with age appropriate scuffs and imperfections. We are not certain on production date, but our best guess is 1960’s – 1970’s.

25.5″ w x 32″ d x 33.25″ h x 14.75″ seat height

Following the success of his “Wassily” chair, Breuer continued to experiment with tubular steel furniture. He partnered with the German manufacturer Thonet, designing a number of chairs, stools, and ottomans made from this lightweight, traditionally industrial material. In the “B35” armchair, Breuer employed seemingly continuous steel runners as the chair’s frame. The seat and back were upholstered in simple canvas, and the armrests padded with lacquered wood. Both the seat and armrests are dramatically cantilevered without vertical supports, emphasizing both the tensile strength and the slenderness of the tubular steel construction. Like Breuer’s “Wassily” chair, the “B35” was not a direct product of the Bauhaus; it does, however, clearly conform to Bauhaus principles of design and construction, with its modern, stripped-down form made from industrial materials not typically used in furniture at this time.

Purchase with confidence. Our restoration team gave this set a full detailing, without removing any of the original patina. Both chairs are very sturdy and ready for many more decades of use. The chairs are in very good original condition. Light oxidization on chrome. Leather has scuffs minor age-appropriate imperfections. Chrome has been polished and leather has been conditioned. Leather straps underneath are adjustable and function properly.

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