THE BREUER COLLECTION
Massimo Vignelli [Designer]: THE BREUER COLLECTION. New York: Knoll International, 1970. Original edition. Photographically printed self-wrappers. 8 pp. Color photographs. Interior unmarked and very clean. Out-of-print. A nearly fine copy.
8.25 x 11.5 saddle-stitched brochure with 8 pages of color photographs by Jon Naar of Marcel Breuer furniture designs in the Breuer residence in New Canaan, Connecticut. Beautifully designed and art directed by Vignelli and printed in Switzerland by Conzett and Huber through the Chanticleer Press. Herbert Matter¹s original stylized Knoll ³K²logo is finally giving way to Vignelli's European Modernist neutering.
Protégé of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) embodied many of the School's distinctive concepts and was and one of the School's most famous students. He returned shortly thereafter to teach carpentry from 1925 to 1928, and during this time designed his tubular-steel furniture collection: functional, simple and distinctly modern. His attention drifted towards architecture, and after practicing privately, he worked as a professor at Harvard¹s School of Design under Gropius. Breuer was also honored as the first architect to be the sole artist of an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Wassily chair was named after his Bauhaus roommate Wassily Kandinsky, the Cesca after his daughter Francesca.
Massimo Vignelli and wife Lella served as graphic and advertising design consultants to Knoll during the 1970s. They championed a graphic design for Knoll, which made them famous worldwide, and which continues to inform the company's work. Mr.Vignelli once described the Knoll assignment as "the most exciting, rewarding" of his professional career. The Vignelli work provided the foundation for all basic communication needs, including stationery, business cards, stickers, tags, boxes, brochures and four-color ads for trade magazines and publications like The New Yorker, Vogue and Fortune. The Vignellis have also collaborated on myriad projects incorporating their industrial, furniture and graphic design talents. Their New York firm, Vignelli Associates, applies a Modernist aesthetic to each assignment, polishing each artifact to a glossy finish that reflects clarity, beauty and functionality. In 2003, the couple received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
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