Marcel Breuer S40 cabinet for Tecta Germany 1980





Rare display cabinet model S40, originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925. Re-editioned by Tecta Germany in the 1980s. Marcel Breuer always had a structural and architectural way of thinking. The S40 glass cabinet looks like a miniature New York skyscraper: its stacked elements are clearly discernible, its construction surprising. It looks as if Breuer had simply inserted the base under its lean struts. As a result, it has two completely different faces. The sides jut outwards and inwards, creating a cantilever shape. Black and white painted beech wooden structure.


“Structure is not just a means to a solution. It is also a principle and a passion,” said Breuer, clearly demonstrating his pleasure in joining materials together. The veneered and lacquered ash struts are also visibly connected with other elements. Screws are not hidden but accentuated by the contrast between stainless steel and dark surface. This principle evokes his tubular steel designs, where the connecting screws were always revealed.


The design from 1925, which is featured in the exhibition of the State Bauhaus Weimar, stands out for its human dimensions: 165 centimetres high, 80 centimetres wide and deep, the cabinet celebrates a casual modern age with a relaxed attitude to the dynamic people it is designed to serve. In very good original condition, with its original keys. You can remove the glass shelves to create more storage space inside.


Literature; Marcel Breuer Magdalena Droste Manfred Ludewig Bauhaus Archiv, page 42-43

Designer: Marcel Breuer
Type: S40 cabinet
Manufacturer: Tecta
Year: 1980
Country: Germany
Materials: Beech wood, glass
Condition: Very good, original
Height: 164 cm
Width: 80 cm
Depth: 80 cm
Item nr: V23JA15

Holland / Belgium: € 50
Europe: € 150 - 750
Outside Europe: € 1000 - 2000

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