Interior Design in the 1920s and 1950s
Have you ever asked yourself how the twentieth-century design came about? How did people come up with modernism? What affected designers to create modern furniture designs and used different materials instead of wood? Famous in the 1920s, Marcel Breuer is a great example of modernism. Also in the 1950s, Finn Juhl was famous for introducing Danish furniture. Both of these designers are icons of the twentieth-century. They have contributed much of their creativity and talents to the world of design.
Compare/Contrast of Interior Designers - Decades 1920 and 1950
Marcel Breuer is a key exponent in the history of Modern architecture and furniture design. He was also the most famous student of the Bauhaus university, where he enrolled at the age of eighteen. As he rapidly rose through the ranks of his classmates, he was appointed to a position of teaching staff in 1923. In 1925, Breuer became the head of the Bauhaus carpentry workshops where he produced much of the furniture he designed. Known for his early mass-production of furniture, tubular steel and plywood chairs, he became an influential figure of the International Style. Breuer began to design furniture in 1921, and by 1925 he was working on tubular steel furniture. It wasn’t until 1932, that he started to work with aluminum furniture and in 1935 incorporated plywood into his design philosophy. In the mid-1920s, furniture manufacturers like Thonet, Standard Mobel, Wohnbedarf, and Isokon were selling his designs. Breuer’s furniture could be described as hard and rectilinear. The parts that supported the body were soft and rounded. As Breuer’s work progressed, his furniture became softer and more comfortable. According to Karl Mang, Breuer got his idea to use steel tubing for furniture from his first bicycle. Perhaps the philosophy behind Breuer’s design can be best seen in one of his quotes:
“Already back then I was thinking about replacing the thick...