Marcel Breuer, ‘desk, bookshelf and dresser for Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania’, 1938, Wright
Marcel Breuer, ‘desk, bookshelf and dresser for Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania’, 1938, Wright
Marcel Breuer, ‘desk, bookshelf and dresser for Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania’, 1938, Wright

From his first American commission, the designs for Bryn Mawr College illustrate a continuation of the work Breuer had pursued in Europe, most notably with Isokon Furniture of England.

Shelf measures: 72 w x 8 d x 24 h inches; cabinet measures: 50 w x 25 d x 29 h inches. Stenciled marks to reverse of cabinet and desk: [Rhoads].

Hungary / USA

Marcel Breuer: Furniture and Interiors, Wilk, ppg. 148-151 discuss the commission, fig. 155 illustrates these designs

Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania | Private Collection

About Marcel Breuer

Marcel Breuer holds a legacy as an accomplished architect, furniture designer, and master of Modernism who pioneered the design of tubular steel furniture. During the 1920s, Breuer studied and taught at the Bauhaus in Germany, where his curriculum was equally focused on visual art as it was concerned with technology and industrial production. During this time, Breuer became acquainted with modern architects Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe, all of whom would heavily influence his work. By 1935, Breuer had established a reputation as a sought-after designer, known for his steel furniture and the Wassily chair, so named after its production due to an anecdotal connection to Kandinsky (who had admired the design and commissioned a duplicate for his home). Upon WWII, Breuer followed Gropius to London, moved on to teach architecture at Harvard University, and later established his own New York-based firm and designed the Whitney Museum.

American (Hungarian b.), 1902-1981, Pécs, Hungary, based in New York, New York