Breuer Houses by Joachim DrillerBreuer Houses by Joachim Driller

Breuer Houses

byJoachim DrillerAs told byJoachim Driller

Hardcover | January 11, 2000

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The Hungarian-born architect Marcel Breuer (1902-81) rose to prominence as a student under Walter Gropius at the Bauhaus, and became a master as head of the furniture workshop. He emigrated to the United States in 1937, where he taught at Harvard University, influencing a generation of practitioners. As the head of his own firm, Breuer became known for designs as diverse and powerful as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and the iconic 'Wassily' chair -- the first chair to use tubular steel, which revolutionized the furniture industry. Breuer, like many architects who work simultaneously on small- and large-scale commissions, used residential architecture as a laboratory for all of his design ideas. Not only is the quality and quantity of Breuer's residential output impressive, but when it is seen in sequence one can perceive a development of his spatial mastery and expertise.

Because of their interplay of spaces and daring juxtaposition of materials, Breuer's houses have had a profound influence on residential architecture around the world and upon generations of young designers. This monograph is a comprehensive study of Breuer's house designs from 1923 to 1973. Richly illustrated with drawings, plans and archival photography, the book provides insight to the working methods of a key architectural figure of the twentieth century.

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Title:Breuer HousesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 8.75 × 1.25 inPublished:January 11, 2000Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0714838934

ISBN - 13:9780714838939

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Hungarian-born architect Marcel Breuer rose to fame at the Bauhaus. There he revolutionized the furniture industry with the first use of tubular steel — the celebrated Wassily chair. In 1937, he moved to the United States and taught architecture at Harvard, influencing a generation of practitioners. Heading his own firm, Breuer gained acclaim for diverse and powerful designs including New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art and Paris’ UNESCO headquarters. He also designed timeless and innovative private houses — benchmarks of informal living that have influenced residential architecture worldwide. Richly illustrated and comprehensive, Breuer Houses examines his house designs from 1923 to 1973, describing projects in detail.