Marcel Breuer - Design & Design Art New York Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Peter Lepel and Oliver Spies, Über Möbel: Eith Streifzug durch das Archiv der Embru-Werke, 1928-1943, Zürich, pp. 56-61 for a discussion of these shelves and similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    The offered lot is a special edition, produced between 1932 and 1935, the time when Marcel Breuer was working for Embru and living in Switzerland.  This example was likely produced under his direct supervision.  There were very few special editions of this type of shelf, indicating that this shelf is either unique or was produced in a very limited series.  No other shelf exactly identical to the present lot is known.  Similar versions of these shelves were used in Le Corbusier’s Maison La Clarté in Geneva, 1931-1932.


Rare room divider/bookshelf

Chrome-plated tubular steel, painted wood.
79 3/4 x 93 5/8 x 13 5/8 in. (202.6 x 237.8 x 34.6 cm)
Manufactured by Embru, Switzerland and marketed by Wohnbedarf AG Zurich/Basel, Switzerland. Underside of lowest shelf with metal label “Embru.”

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $49,000

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York