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Nest of 3 tables
  • Nest of 3 tables
    Breuer, Marcel Lajos, born 1902 - died 1981
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Nest of 3 tables

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1936 (designed)
    ca.1965 (made)
    ca.1965

  • Artist/Maker:

    Breuer, Marcel Lajos, born 1902 - died 1981 (designer)
    Isokon Furniture Company (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Beech laminate, cut and bent

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.314-1965

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This set of three nesting tables was designed by the Hungarian designer Marcel Breuer in 1936. Originally from Hungary, Breuer studied and taught at the Bauhaus in Germany, before coming to England in 1935. On the recommendation of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Breuer started working with the newly founded Isokon Furniture company (founded in 1935) where Gropius was 'Controller of Design'. The first design that Breuer worked on for Isokon was a reclining chair in plywood (CIRC.80-1975). A dining chair and dining table followed. The concept behind the design for the three nesting tables was that they were intened to be cut and bent from a single board of birch plywood. They were originally manufactured in Estonia by Venesta, but the present examples were produced in the UK in the 1960s and are made from laminated beech plywood.

Physical description

Nest of three tables made of beech laminate; template cut flat and then bent to form four legs

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca.1936 (designed)
ca.1965 (made)
ca.1965

Artist/maker

Breuer, Marcel Lajos, born 1902 - died 1981 (designer)
Isokon Furniture Company (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Beech laminate, cut and bent

Dimensions

Height: 38.1 cm, Width: 45.7 cm, Depth: 60.9 cm

Object history note

These nesting tables were originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1936 and were part of the furniture that Breuer designed for Isokon when he came to England from Germany in the 1930s.

Descriptive line

Nest of 3 tables; bent beech laminate; designed by Marcel Breuer ca.1936; made by Isokon Furniture ca.1965

Production Note

The three tables are described as 'replicas of the original tables which were made in birch'

Materials

Beech

Techniques

Laminated; Bent

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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