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Four 1970s Matteo Grassi MG5 Marcel Breuer Cognac Brown Leather Armchairs 4

US$12,788.44per set

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We are delighted to offer for sale this sublime suite of original fully stamped Matteo Grassi MG5 circa 1970 cognac brown leather armchairs designed by the genius that was Marcel Breuer If you’re looking at this listing then the chances are you know exactly what these chairs are, I’ll provide some information on Grassi and Breuer below This suite is in very fine order, they have the tubular chromed frames, suspension leather seats, the backs of each chair are stamped as we only dream to find, Matteo Grassi. Two of the four chairs have been restored along the seems on the back rest by the genius that is Martin Ashworth, he used the same stitched holes so the repairs are faultless, they are a dream suite in perfect mid century modern condition Dimensions Height:- 76.5cm Width:- 60cm Depth:- 57cm Please note all measurements are taken at the widest point Matteo Grassi founded in 1880, is an Italian furniture manufacturer, characterized by their eclectic and angular designs. Combining Mid-Century Modernism, 1960s-era futuristic design, and the geometric forms of Bauhaus, Matteo Grassi's line of Minimalist pieces includes a wide variety of seating and functional furniture, such as chaise lounges, stools, armchairs, sofas, tables, and modular seating cubes. Marcel Adios Breuer (21 May 1902 – 1 July 1981), was a Hungarian-born modernist architect, and furniture designer. At the Bauhaus he designed the Wassily Chair and the Cesca Chair which is “among the 10 most important chairs of the 20th century. Breuer extended the sculpture vocabulary he had developed in the carpentry shop at the Bauhaus into a personal architecture that made him one of the world's most popular architects at the peak of 20th-century design. His work includes art museums, libraries, college buildings, office buildings, and residences. Many are in a Brutalist architecture style, including the former IBM Research and Development facility which was the birthplace of the first personal computer. This item is available for collection from our Wimbledon warehouses Condition Please view the very detailed pictures as they form part of the description around condition Please note vintage period and original items such as leather seating will always have natural patina in the form of cracking creasing and wear, we recommend regular waxing to ensure no moisture is lost, also hand dyed leather is not recommended to sit in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time as it will dry out and fade.

Details

  • Creator
    Matteo Grassi (Maker),Marcel Breuer (Designer)
  • Design
    Cesca Chair
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.12 in. (76.5 cm)Width: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Depth: 22.45 in. (57 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Repaired. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2823321992612

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Cesca Chair

Designed by Marcel Breuer
Ubiquitous but never boring, the Cesca chair has defined casual elegance in the dining room since 1928. Designed by Marcel Breuer (1902–81) for the Austrian furniture maker Gebrüder Thonet, the Cesca chair combines natural beechwood caning and modern tubular steel for a sensibility that celebrates both handicraft and industrialization. It’s a paragon of Bauhaus design, embodying the school’s “truth to materials” philosophy and adhering to the movement’s emphasis on mass production. In fact, the Cesca chair was the first-ever tubular steel frame chair with a caned seat to be mass produced — a breakthrough for furniture design. Breuer got his start in architecture after dropping out of the painting program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He began apprenticing with a Viennese architect and went on to join the Bauhaus movement in 1921, when he was just 19 years old, eventually becoming a master carpenter at the German arts school. While there, Breuer designed furniture for Sommerfeld House in Berlin, industrialist Adolf Sommerfeld’s private residence, which was conceived by architects Walter Gropius (the Bauhaus school’s founder) and Adolf Meyer. Not long afterward, Breuer’s experiments with tubular steel would yield his Wassily chair, named for his friend, painter and Bauhaus professor Wassily Kandinsky, as well as the Cesca. Originally called the B32, Breuer renamed the chair in honor of his daughter, Francesca, when Italian manufacturer Gavina began producing it in the early 1960s. Knoll introduced the chair when it acquired Gavina in 1968 and continues to manufacture it today. And while the Cesca chair’s silhouette has remained the same throughout the decades, Breuer himself later made minor modifications, including the implementation of a shallower curve to the back and the addition of a second piece of steel for the frame to account for both comfort and durability. With the Cesca’s cantilevered construction, Breuer’s design transcended that of the traditional four-legged dining chair, pushing the boundaries of what “everyday” could mean in furniture.
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