Thonet S 32 – The unstoppable drive to innovate
A design original breaks all conventions
Tubular steel was a totally new material in the 1920s. Among the first to experiment with it was Marcel Breuer, designer and Bauhaus architect. He was relentless when it came to questioning the familiar and established. While his first blueprints were still rigid tubular constructions, later he came to conceive the idea of the cantilever chair.
Thonet realized its potential before bringing the famous design originals, S 32 and S 64, onto the market in 1930.
What's worth noting is that the chair remains sturdy and rigid, despite its lack of back legs. Breuer's innovative creative process, combined with skilled craftsmanship, produced a well thought-through design, which creates a lasting impression through a mix of bent tubular steel, wood and wicker.
"It is harder to build a good chair than it is to build a skyscraper."
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Architekt and Bauhaus Director