Collapsible tubular fabric lounge chair, 1926/27
The B4, as this folding version is first called (today Tecta D4), is used in the first Breuer steel pipe catalog in 1927 for advertised rooms similar to those used by Giedion as a model. So he is for "ships, sports fields, terraces, summer houses, gardens, garden cafes, etc. particularly suitable." And indeed, the B4 turns out here against the "Wassily", which, in contrast to the conventional club chair can indeed be pushed on skids, but despite The volume reduction claimed enormous space, as far superior. Because the folding model, with which the furniture really gets mobile, only needs space if it serves as an armchair, otherwise it frees up the space.
Here, the path from constructivism to construction can be shown. Although the B4 shares many angles with Gerrit Rietveld's red-and-blue chair, the rigid surfaces are replaced by an equally yielding and dimensionally stable iron yarn fabric that is dyed through, not surface-painted; also pipe material and visible connections follow the evolution from craft to industry. In addition to the conditions of production, social change from the German Empire to the Republic can also be established. Because the B4 does not represent the position of the owner, but it is used by the users.
In 1980, the official admission into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The unique piece of the first chair, with horsehair fabric by Peter Keler, is today part of the permanent collection of the Kragstuhlmuseum / Tecta-Archiv Lauenförde.
Marcel Breuer writes to Tecta on October 1, 1979, shortly before his death Realization and exhibition of these early visions: "It's like an old forgotten dream."
Material & Color
Frame: steel tube nickel-plated
Seat: Straps optionally made of fabric, leather, iron yarn, hide leather or cowhide
Seat height: 44