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MODERNIST ISOKON STOOL WITH ORIGINAL TRAY

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MODERNIST ISOKON STOOL WITH ORIGINAL TRAY

A fabulous design classic

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MODERNIST ISOKON STOOL WITH ORIGINAL TRAY

Birch Plywood with iron foot plates and screw

1930 - 1935

Height 45 cm Width and Depth 33 cm (17.75 x 13 in)

This remarkably strong yet light weight stool with its removable tray is a design classic. Often quoted as being conceived by Marcel Breuer, its designer has in fact not yet been discovered.

It was first made in Estonia prior to 1933 by Luterma, suppliers of plywood to Venesta, founded in 1898 to import plywood into Britain. Their paper label is seen on the underneath.

In 1933 the newly formed Isokon company (Directors Jack Pritchard and Wells-Coates) began to offer the stool and from 1936 had exclusivity. Together with Marcel Breuer's plywood table the stool was incorporated into the Isobar restaurant (opened 1937) at the Modernist Lawn Road flats in Hampstead and the building quickly became a hub of legendary Bauhaus designers and artists escaping Nazi Germany including Walter Gropius, Moholy-Nagy and Marcel Breuer.

Bibliography:

Design for Today, May 1933

Plywood: A Material Story by Christopher Wilk Thames & Hudson / V & A, 2017

Pritchard Archives at the University of East Anglia

Isokon by Alastair Grieve

An example is in the collections of:

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum NW3

Exhibition:

Plywood Material of the Modern World V & A London, July 2017

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