Marcel Breuer Rhoads Hall Chest of Drawers

Marcel Breuer Rhoads Hall Chest of Drawers

In the late 1930s, Marcel Breuer was commissioned to create furnishings for a new dormitory at Bryn Mawr, Rhoads Hall. From an alumnae bulletin of 1938: “Mr. Breuer’s furniture has the distinction of simplicity and right proportions. It has avoided the extremes which spoil much modern furniture, of being bizarre and freakish or stupidly plain. The desk and chest are generous in design and practical in detail; there are for example no handles or knobs to pull off…The committee on furnishing has been delighted to find that even the students who in the spring surveyed the Breuer designs with some misgivings now pronounce the furniture ‘heavenly.'”

We would have to agree. The maple surface is satin smooth beneath the hand, the construction is solid and streamlined at once.

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