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A feeling for beauty paired with functionality. This combination is the hallmark of many Marcel Breuer designs, especially the D4 (formerly B4). The collapsible tubular steel lounge chair with straps was created in 1926/27 and advertised in Breuer’s first tubular steel catalogue as “particularly suitable” for ships and sports grounds as well as for patios, summer houses, gardens and garden cafés. This sporty, airy ambience has inscribed itself into the design, and the D4 still looks light and springy today.
This is a palpable step into the modern age, putting functional design into the spotlight. The history of the D4 at Tecta began in the mid-1970s. While researching, Axel Bruchhäuser came across Breuer’s initial designs and sought contact with the designer. He told him that the folding chair was much more beautiful than the version with runners and that it simply had to be produced. Breuer was pleased that his design had been discovered and replied: “The resurfacing of this chair is like an old forgotten dream.” He saw this chair as the result of a genetic-constructive development that began with the four-legged Wassily chair, continued with the addition of runners by the Junkers Aircraft Factory, and finally ended in the folding chair.
Improved until no further enhancement was possible. Pared down to the essentials, its minimalism incorporates the motif of movement in that it could be folded, stowed away and easily transported. Due to the more economical use of tubular steel and elimination of the lateral seat straps, it consumed less material while affording the sitter much greater comfort.
In 1980 the D4 was added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A unique specimen of the first armchair, featuring Peter Keler’s horsehair fabric, is held in the permanent collection of the Cantilever Chair Museum in Lauenförde. This version is an airy construction using a minimum of material.
The Bauhaus Archive in Berlin has officially licensed the D4 from Tecta as an authentic Bauhaus production, made to the exact proportions of the original design.
- Marcel Breuer, Hungray (1926)
- Nickel-Plated or Stainless Steel frame with selected textile or leather straps
- Made in Germany
- Height 71cm / 28"
- Depth 61cm / 24"
- Width 78cm / 30.7"
- Seat Height 44cm / 17.3"
Tecta D4 Options
In the 1920s the first tubular steel furniture by Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe was produced using nickel-plated steel frames, which at the time was state of the art technology. This tradition is why Tecta still produces the original Bauhaus models from that era with nickel plating.
Nickel plating slightly patinas over time giving it an organic feel and has a warmer appearance than chrome or stainless, however Tecta also offers matte-finished V2A stainless steel on some models.
All Tecta steel tube frames are produced completely in Germany and Italy - including the galvanization process - in accordance with EU environmental directives.
Kvadrat Hallingdal 65
By Nanna Ditzel
Kvadrat’s first textile ‘Hallingdal’ has become the archetype of woollen textiles. The very durable upholstery fabric was originally designed in 1965 by Nanna Ditzel, and is now available in a version with an updated colour scale: Hallingdal 65.
Hallingdal 65 is made of wool and viscose, which complement each other well: the wool provides excellent durability and flexibility, whilst the viscose adds brilliance and depth to the colour. Both materials are dyed before they are spun, which highlights the rich texture of the fabric.
- 100% New Wool
- Made in Norway
Durability Rating 100,000 Martindale
Pilling Rating 3-7
Lightfastness Rating 7
Kvadrat Harald 3
By Raf Simons & Fanny Aronsen
A closely-woven, very short-pile velour, Harald brings the fresh, soft texture of cotton to a directionless velvety textile. The intense colour offered by this matte velour places the focus strongly onto the silhouette of the upholstered object, emphasising its shape and contours.
Originally designed by Fanny Aronsen, Harald comes in a new colour palette conceived by Raf Simons offering a particularly large selection of vivid keynote tones, including primrose yellow, burnt orange, raspberry, lavender, aubergine and dark mint green, alongside more natural tones. Harald is a durable fabric suitable for use as curtains as well as in upholstery.
- 100% Cotton
- Made in Italy
- Durability Rating 100,000 Martindale
- Pilling Rating 4-5
- Lightfastness Rating 6
Kvadrat Divina Melange 3
By Finn Skødt
Divina Melange is a textile characterised by its lack of texture and nap and consequently the fabric accentuates the dimensions of the furniture, giving prominence to the colours.
Melange means mixture. The original six grey and beige colourways are produced by mixing varying proportions of either black or brown wool with white wool. The different colours of wool are mixed before the garment is spun.
The additional colourways have come about by dipping the two base colours in bold, virtually luminous pigments creating coloured melanges.
- 100% New wool
- Made in the UK
Durability Rating 45,000 Martindale
Pilling Rating 3
Lightfastness Rating 6-7
Kvadrat Vidar 3
By Raf Simons & Fanny Aronsen
Woven from bouclé yarns with a regular loop size, Vidar has a deep, tight, large-grained texture that lends itself particularly well to the graphic use of colour in upholstery. Originally designed by Fanny Aronsen, Vidar has been re-coloured by Raf Simons, with shades ranging from fresh jade green, raspberry pink and iris blue through to brick and earth tones, and easy neutrals.
The gentle satin surface finish of the weave contrasts with the deep shadowy tones in the depths, giving a multifaceted richness to the intense colours in the range. Tightly woven, without the irregularities of the other bouclé fabrics within this collection, Vidar has an inviting texture, which variously recalls blackberries, orange peel or the comforting close-knit texture of a favourite sweater.
- 94% New wool, 6% Nylon
- Made in Norway
- Durability Rating 100,000 Martindale
- Pilling Rating 4
- Lightfastness Rating 5-6
Marcel Breuer was a Hungarian-born modernist architect, and furniture designer. At the Bauhaus he designed the Wassily Chair and the Cesca Chair, which is considered among the 10 most important chairs of the 20th century.
Breuer extended the sculpture vocabulary he had developed in the carpentry shop at the Bauhaus into a personal architecture that made him one of the world's most popular architects at the peak of 20th-century design. His work includes art museums, libraries, college buildings, office buildings, and residences. Many are in a Brutalist architecture style, including the former IBM Research and Development facility which was the birthplace of the first personal computer.
For over 40 years family-owned Tecta’s mission and responsibility has been to preserve and review the best ideas and designs of modernism as created by the Bauhaus movement in Weimar or Dessau while being driven by the desire to think forward, enhance and adapt them.
Tecta unites craftsmanship, values and family tradition with the Bauhaus school of thought. This is what makes the company so unique with its cycle of developing and cherishing what the Bauhaus movement once taught and merged with traditional craftsmanship. Both today and yesterday.