Material Focus: tubular steel

Rapid industrialization through the first half of the twentieth century allowed for the widespread use of bent steel.  Designers and architects, with a new-found focus on design for schools and the child, were drawn to this material because it could be easily cleaned, providing both a literal sterilization and a visual cleanliness.  Below are some of our favorite pieces featuring tubular steel, including kinder MODERN's own Tubax Table and Children's Lounger.

Image from moma.org

Image from moma.org

Marcel Breuer, Child's Armchair, 1924, tubular steel and canvas 

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Image from moma.org

Gerrit Rietveld, "Beugel" Child's Chair, 1928, tubular steel and bentwood

Image by Lora Appleton

Image by Lora Appleton

attr. to Willy Van Der Meeren, Tubax table, 1950's, plywood and metal legs 

Image from vs.de

Image from vs.de

Jean Prouvé, School Bench, 1935, sheet steel, tubular steel, and wood 

Image by Lora Appleton

Children's Lounger, 1940, leather and chrome tubular steel