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March 20, 2015
What do Marcel Breuer's Cesca chair, Eileen Gray's Bibendum chair, and Charles Pollock's CP Lounge have in common? It's all in the material: tubular steel. "I considered such polished and curved lines not only symbolic of our modern technology but actually to be technology," Breuer said. While wood patinas and leather cracks and ages, slick industrial steel is capable of retaining its just-new luster for decades (with a quick polish, of course). Herewith, eight examples of how to incorporate tubular steel pieces into your modern abode.
Modern renovation in San Francisco with Richard Wright painting and sofa in the family room

Architect George Bradley and his husband, Eddie Baba, renovated a 1941 house in San Francisco. A painting by Richard Wright, sofa by Paolo Piva for B&B Italia, and a tubular steel coffee table dominate the family room. 

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Architect Bill Ryall at home in Harlem, New York

A vintage LC1 chair by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand stands in this renovated Harlem row house.

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Modern playroom with tall windows

Life in this Ontario lake house is pared back to the essentials, but the residents opted to splurge on a cowhide rug from Perfect Leather Goods and Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll.

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Dining room with table from CB@, chairs from Danish Modern L.A, and lamp from A+R.

The owners of this Los Feliz abode hand-selected every piece of furniture in the house and perused Craigslist to find the four Verner Panton stacking chairs surrounding a Pure dining table from CB2. The two tubular steel side chairs are from Danish Modern L.A., and the pair purchased Muuto’s Plugged Pendant lamp from A+R. The Molecule Building Set is available from Ferm Living.

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Chrome armchairs rub elbows with leather sofas by Poltrona Frau in this light-filled, nature-inspired home in Dallas.

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Although the house was refurbished before North bought it in 1996, it still includes some of Breuer's original built-in furniture, including the desk in the bedroom, as well as a chair designed by the architect.

Although Marcel Breuer's Hooper House II was refurbished before Richard North bought it in 1996, it still includes some of the original built-in furniture, including the desk in the bedroom, as well as a chair designed by the architect.

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LC4 Chaise Lounge and Wassily Chair in living room

The living-dining room belonging to two Seattle architects has a mix of vintage pieces and a tubular steel twofer: a Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer and an LC4 chaise by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand alongside furniture from CB2.

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Elise Loehnen and Rob Fissmer bought their Crestwood Hills house, which dates to 1950, in 2012, furnishing the living room with a Jasper sofa by Room & Board, Laccio tables by Marcel Breuer, and a wool sisal rug from Madison Flooring and Design.

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Modern renovation in San Francisco with Richard Wright painting and sofa in the family room

Architect George Bradley and his husband, Eddie Baba, renovated a 1941 house in San Francisco. A painting by Richard Wright, sofa by Paolo Piva for B&B Italia, and a tubular steel coffee table dominate the family room. 

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