W 65 x D 83 x H 84 cm
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.