S 35 by Thonet

S 35

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Designer Marcel Breuer
Launched in 1928|2014
Architonic id 1006592

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Re-issued: the tubular steel club chair S 35 in high-quality leather

After several years, Thonet is putting the club chair S 35 by Marcel Breuer back into its program. The Frankenberg company presents a fine leather version of the tubular steel chair. Thonet had produced the cantilever chair since 1930 – Breuer’s design of the chair on skids with a flexing seat dates back to the years 1928/29.

The S 35 is special due to its unusual construction: Marcel Breuer had succeeded in realizing all of the functions of a tubular steel cantilever chair in a single, uninterrupted line. The cantilever effect was doubled because the armrests, which flex independently from the seat, balanced the flexing of the back frame of the cantilever seat. The original version of the S 35, or B 35 – the chair was listed in the product catalogs from the 1930s under the latter name – was stretched with metallic cloth and had wooden armrests. Soon, however, there were versions with wicker cane, leather and cowhide as well as upholstered versions. The cantilever club chair B 35 was first presented in 1930 at the Paris Grand Palais as a contribution of the Deutscher Werkbund.

Marcel Breuer’s tubular steel furniture

In 1925, Marcel Breuer started his first furniture experiments with cold bent tubular steel. He experimented with the principle of the flexing chair without back legs – a principle that became popular under the term “cantilever”, which goes back to a design by Dutch architect Mart Stam from 1926. Breuer predicted that it would feel “like sitting on flexible pillars of air”. The simple tubular steel furniture designs by Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Mart Stam and others revolutionized furniture design with their clear formal language and excellently fit in with the modern architecture of the time. Marcel Breuer’s tubular steel furniture designs are considered classics today and can be found in the most important design collections worldwide.


Product group: Seating Lounge area / Waiting room Armchairs Lounge chairs open base open base with armrests with armrests with seat unpadded with seat unpadded with seat in leather with seat in leather with base in steel with base in steel with sled base with sled base with cantilever base with cantilever base
Designer: Marcel Breuer

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