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'Chairs without legs' exhibition02. Apr2012

Between March and June 2012, Bauhaus Archive Berlin hosts an exhibition in celebration of the cantilevered chair and its trail through history until today. The exibition is initiated by Munich's International Design Museum, the owner of the world’s oldest and largest design collection.

'In defiance of traditional construction methods, the cantilever chair came to represent the essence of modern design in the 1920s. With their designs for the first cantilever chairs made of tubular steel, Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe transferred a new architectural concept of space with an emphasis on lightness and transparency to the realm of furniture. Since the 1950s and ’60s, highly innovative materials and technologies have come into use, such as plastics and corrugated cardboard. Artistic, social and political influences are reflected in provocative, unconventional seating objects.
Pioneering figures during this period were Verner Panton, Frank Gehry and protagonists of new German design such as Stiletto. This selection of furniture from the holdings of ‘Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich’ provides a multifaceted overview of the design and technological development of modern seating.' - Bauhaus Archive

Photo by Rainer Viertlböck

Also see cantilevered chairs featured on DDJ:
FF1 lounge chair
Melting chair
BAR[k] stool
Mr.Smith the Second chair

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