Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

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When Marcel Breuer built furniture with lightweight steel tubes—originally used in biycle frames—modern furniture was revolutionized. Check out these five instances of Breuer pieces in contemporary homes.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, and Table. On the first level, the living room and dining room connect to a southeast-facing terrace, which catches the morning and midday sun. A pair of larch sliding doors join the two rooms. Two Marcel Breuer Wassily chairs from Knoll flank the rug, from Room & Board, and Portland Willamette Ovation II fireplace. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

On the first level, the living room and dining room connect to a southeast-facing terrace, which catches the morning and midday sun. A pair of larch sliding doors join the two rooms. Two Marcel Breuer Wassily chairs from Knoll flank the rug, from Room & Board, and Portland Willamette Ovation II fireplace.

Modern home with Living Room, Rug Floor, Coffee Tables, Sofa, Chair, and Pendant Lighting. The living area features a Petrie sofa from Crate & Barrel and a Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer from Knoll. A vintage walnut coffee table by Lane Furniture sits atop a rug that the couple purchased at Weisshouse, a Pittsburgh home-furnishings store. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

The living area features a Petrie sofa from Crate & Barrel and a Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer from Knoll. A vintage walnut coffee table by Lane Furniture sits atop a rug that the couple purchased at Weisshouse, a Pittsburgh home-furnishings store.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Bookcase, Medium Hardwood Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Recessed Lighting. The LC4 is joined by another tubular steel classic, the Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer, along with furniture from CB2 in this Seattle home. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

The LC4 is joined by another tubular steel classic, the Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer, along with furniture from CB2 in this Seattle home.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Chair, Coffee Tables, and Bookcase. Vince chose most of the furnishings in the house, including a pair of Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chairs for Knoll in the library. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

Vince chose most of the furnishings in the house, including a pair of Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chairs for Knoll in the library.

Modern home with Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Rug Floor, Light Hardwood Floor, Sofa, and Recliner. Bowie and Malboeuf’s unit occupies three levels facing the property’s backyard. The living-dining room has a mix of vintage pieces—a Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer and an LC4 chaise by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand—alongside furniture from CB2. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

Bowie and Malboeuf’s unit occupies three levels facing the property’s backyard. The living-dining room has a mix of vintage pieces—a Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer and an LC4 chaise by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand—alongside furniture from CB2.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, and Concrete Floor. “We kept the tones very neutral because we wanted the colors of the garden to come through,” Ong says. “Light also plays an important role here, and again the neutral tones help highlight the changes in the light and sky.” Ong’s team used Melbourne's Ajar Furniture and Design store to supply the home's furnishings, and this Marcel Breuer Club Chair Model B3 sits off the dining room. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

“We kept the tones very neutral because we wanted the colors of the garden to come through,” Ong says. “Light also plays an important role here, and again the neutral tones help highlight the changes in the light and sky.” Ong’s team used Melbourne's Ajar Furniture and Design store to supply the home's furnishings, and this Marcel Breuer Club Chair Model B3 sits off the dining room.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Rug Floor. The living room is furnished with Wassily chairs by Marcel Breuer, a Limbo coffee table from Roche Bobois, and a Reid sofa from Design Within Reach. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

The living room is furnished with Wassily chairs by Marcel Breuer, a Limbo coffee table from Roche Bobois, and a Reid sofa from Design Within Reach.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Concrete Floor, and Rug Floor. Elise Loehnen and Rob Fissmer bought their house, which dates to 1950, in 2012, furnishing the living room with a Jasper sofa by Room & Board, Laccio tables by Marcel Breuer, and a wool sisal rug from Madison Flooring and Design. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

Elise Loehnen and Rob Fissmer bought their house, which dates to 1950, in 2012, furnishing the living room with a Jasper sofa by Room & Board, Laccio tables by Marcel Breuer, and a wool sisal rug from Madison Flooring and Design.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Coffee Tables, Concrete Floor, and Rug Floor. McMinn, an architect, helps Soren construct a TinkerToy tower. The cowhide rug is from Perfect Leather Goods, and the Wassily Chair is by Marcel Breuer for Knoll. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

The living room of this lakeside Toronto home features the classic Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll.

Modern home with Office, Desk, Chair, Lamps, and Rug Floor. Although the house was refurbished before North bought it in 1996, it still includes some of Breuer's original built-in furniture, including the desk in the bedroom, as well as a chair designed by the architect. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

This refurbished 1959 home, designed by Breuer, features some of Breuer's original built-in furniture, including the desk in the bedroom. The chair was also designed by the architect.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Rug Floor, and Slate Floor. Three stark planes make the dining room a place of sun and shadow: a wall of rock, a floor of bluestone, and a sheer slice of glass. Further adding to the unity of the house, the tubular steel dining chairs were also designed by Breuer. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

The same 1959 Breuer-designed home features these tubular steel dining chairs which starkly contrast against a wall of rock, a floor of bluestone, and a sheer slice of glass for the dining table.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, End Tables, and Concrete Floor. In the living room, Arne Jacobsen Swan chairs flank a Marcel Breuer for Isokon nesting table. Above the Florence Knoll–designed credenza is a print by English artist Terry Frost. The adjacent deck holds Breuer’s Folding Armchair and a table from Aram in London. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

Not all Breuer pieces are tubular steel: this Enlgish seaside getaway features a plywood nesting table Breuer designed for Isokon. The Folding Armchair on the deck is also by Breuer.

Modern home with Shelves Storage Type, Hallway, and Light Hardwood Floor. The 4,400-square-foot residence is designed for aging in place. A ground-floor bedroom suite enables extended stays from grandparents. Low- and no-VOC finishes create healthy indoor air quality. Photo  of Marcel Breuer Designs in Modern Homes

Breuer furniture doesn't always steal the show, as is the case in this modern Massachusetts residence designed for aging-in-place.

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