Dissatisfied with the previous generation's seating, Bauhaus designer and architect Marcel Breuer created the B5 chair in 1926 as "a dramatic antidote to the overstuffed seating of the Edwardian era." Though not as well-known as his B3 chair (the "Wassily"), the B5 was recently inducted into the Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Museum.
"This chair is an iconic design that has been on our furniture wish list for a long time," says Sarah Coffin, curator of decorative arts at the museum. "We like to tell the history of design by showing things as part of a continuum, and Breuer's work relates to bentwood furniture and industrial design."
Read about the chair and Breuer's then-radical work here.