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5 Iconic Furniture Items of 20’s

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Modernism has redefined our conception about interior and made its excessive contribution to the development of interior design. Modern interior has long been considered a new classic. Items in this style were ahead of their time, and are now experiencing a new wave of popularity. We decided to choose five iconic furniture items of the 20’s that changed the perception and attitude of people to their home and lifestyle.

Modernism: 5 Iconic Furniture Items of 20’s

Schroeder table, designer Gerrit Rietveld, 1924

Schroeder table, designer Gerrit Rietveld, 1924 

Wassily chair, designer Marcel Breuer, 1925-26

Wassily chair was designed by the American designer Marcel Breuer during his teaching career at the Bauhaus institute. It was named in honor of the contemporary architect, founder of abstract art, an artist and a teacher of the famous school – Wassily Kandinsky. The original title of the chair was B3 Chair. This piece of furniture has become iconic thanks to the unique materials and methods of processing used at the time. The frame is made of curved steel pipes, and thick cotton or leather is used as a seat.

LC chair, designer Le Corbusier, 1928-30

LC (Le Corbusier) chair is a landmark creation of a functionalist, a pioneer of modernism, Le Corbusier. It is impossible to talk about the 20’s without discussing his works. His first line of furniture was presented in 1928 at the “Salon d’Automne” in Paris. LC collection was designed specifically for the Villa La Roche\Jeanneret and originally included the following models: LC-1, LC-2, LC-3 and LC-4. These were the chairs with cubical frame made of chrome-plated steel tubing, and soft cushions with armrests were upholstered in leather.

Barcelona chair, designer Mies van der Rohe, 1929

The chair was made ​​in 1929 for the Universal Exhibition in the framework of the German Pavilion. That year, the exhibition was held in Barcelona. Its authors are Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. Mies created furniture for the Spanish royal family. Barcelona chair was designed for comfortable observation of the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

Schroeder table, designer Gerrit Rietveld, 1924

Schroeder table consists of five simple elements: a rounded base, two rectangular pieces and square tops. Rietveld promoted the use of simple designs and minimal colors: red, yellow, blue, white, and black. The table is a continuation of the red and blue Rietveld chair made ​​in 1918. The color palette was taken from a painting of Pete Modrian, which, according to the designer, displayed “primary colors”.

Adjustable table E 1027, designer Eileen Gray, 1927

Table E 1027 designed by Eileen Gray, is a landmark example of ideal proportions. It is named after the old house that the architect built for herself and her colleague Jean Badovici. The letter is taken from the name of the creator, the number 10 refers to the name of Jane (Letter Jis the tenth in alphabetical order), 2 applies to Badovichi and 7 applies to Gray.

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