On the suggestion of Gropius, then the Controller of Design for Isokon, the first design for the firm was to be a reclining lounge chair designed by Breuer. The initial design was based off of an earlier aluminium chaise Breuer had designed circa 1932. The transition of material from metal to wood was difficult, forcing Breuer to make multiple modifications to the design to suit the new material.
The seat of the model was executed in Estonia at one of the Venesta plants and shipped in plywood crates also produced by the firm. Once the seat arrived in London, the frame of the chair was created from the plywood of the shipping crates themselves, making efficient use of the material and minimising waste. The outbreak of the Second World War effectively severed Isokon’s connection to their Estonian producer, making early examples scarce. The model is held within the permanent collections internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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