Today I want to talk about chairs. I actually want to talk about a one chair in particolar .
You’ll say: “Hey! What a funny topic you choose!”- with a sarcastic spirit.
But if you think about it carefully, how much time do you spend on one of those everyday?
You use the one of the kitchen during breakfast, the one at the office, the one of the post office, the Nanny’s, your atelier ones.
When I think of chairs, I think of comfort, and then family.
In fact it’s one of those objects that everybody has at home. There are even those expensive models for kids!
I want to talk about Wassily’s chair today, made of metallic tubular, in 1925 by Marcel Breuer ( important exponent of the Bauhaus). Made for Kandiskij (the painter) living room, this object makes of his focal point lightness and functionality.
As you can notice from the image, and as I already said, this design is made in metallic tubolar. Thing that nowadays can seem banal, but that in 1925 wasn’t, in fact this material had been just invented by Mannesmann Company, and it’s inspired by the bike’s tubolar.
The same year Le Courbousier presented at the Pavillon de L’Esprit Nouveau in Paris, a staircase made of metallic tubolar inspired by bikes wheel, but if you have different sources who say the opposite please comment or give me the link.
The materials who compose this design piece, other than yarn iron (Eisengarn in German), are fabric or leather.
All in this chair yells rationalism, and that’s how it should be, also because Breuer dreamed to make people who tried the chair, as if they were on “elastic air columns”. In fact the shape is essential, the structure is not “full” but void, composed of straight lined, oblique and orthogonal among them.
My mom would definitely compliment with Breuer for having made an object which is so simple to clean, and if it was sold by vacuum cleaner salesman maybe it would be the only detail we would look at, but exactly details are what makes this chair innovative. There aren’t meticulous decoration, but a strong attention to the user, that sitting down won’t ever touch the tubolar, but will feel as suspended in air.
I wanted to present this chair, not only because it’s beautiful, or because it embodies the famous concept of “less is more” announced by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, but also because it intersects with his time history, even if modern, and that’s how Design is linked with Art.
This chair is not only a design object, but also a piece of art, it’s fusion between the two.