The bentwood technique perfected by Michael Thonet was a source of inspiration for Marcel Breuer’s experiments with bent tubular steel. The four-piece set tables B 9 developed out of this idea. The small tables can be used in diversified ways – as side tables in seating groups, as practical storage surfaces or as the perfect place for a vase with fresh flowers. After using the tables, they can be easily pushed beneath one another in a space-saving way. The special feature of this range is its functional simplicity – the set tables consist only of chrome-plated, bent tubular steel and rectangular panels.
During his time at the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer experimented with steel and tubular steel, a new and promising material for furniture. Breuer drew from his experiences with the corresponding use of wood for making furniture to explore new applications. The close interchange with the aircraft manufacturer Junkers in Dessau accelerated the development process. His first designs included the set tables B 9 and various shelves and pieces of side furniture. The Thonet card catalogue from 1930/31 already included the complete product range. Breuer originally designed the B 9 for the cafeteria of the Bauhaus building in Dessau. The small, versatile table was also used in Walter Gropius’ student’s apartments and Master Houses. Available today as individual pieces or as a set, this elegant furniture finds a place in both private homes and the contract segment. Over the years, Thonet has introduced numerous versions, including versions with coloured and weather-resistant tubular steel and glass panels.
B 9 a-d: Side tables in four different sizes, available individually or as a set. B 9 d/1 with additional shelf. Frames chrome-plated or colour-lacquered tubular steel, wood parts available in stained beech, lacquered or with textured lacquer in various shades, as well as ThonetDur®. Also available in “Pure Materials” versions – oak and walnut. Chrome-plated versions also available with glass panels. “ThonetProtect®” surface for the frames and panels made of solid core laminate or fair-faced concrete (version “Thonet All Seasons”) usable both indoors and outdoors.
Marcel Breuer (1902–1981) Born in Pécs, Hungary, Marcel Breuer studied at the Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar from 1920 to 1924. After a short stay in Paris, he took over the management of the joiner’s workshop at the Bauhaus from 1925 to 1928, which had meanwhile moved to Dessau. During this time, he was strongly influenced by constructivism and De Stijl and developed a few trend setting tubular steel furniture designs. In 1928, Breuer went to Berlin and dedicated himself mainly to the field of interior design. Starting in 1932 he worked on several aluminium furniture designs in Switzerland. In 1935 Breuer moved to London, where he worked as an architect. In 1937 he was granted a professorship for architecture at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Later, he opened an architectural office there together with Walter Gropius. In 1946 Breuer founded his own studio in New York and realized numerous designs in Europe and the United States. He is considered one of the most important architects and designers of modernism.» More details
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