Academic thesis

Kerstin Heitmann: The cantilever-chair B 35 of Marcel Breuer – A tubular steel chair with a covering of iron yarn fabric. Documentation. condition report, restauration and conservation concept Back
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Abstract: This thesis focuses on the restauration and conservation of Marcel Breuers cantilever-chair B 35. The tubular
steel chair with its inventory number OV 187 is part of the collection of the Museum of Applied Art in
Cologne (MAKK). Tubular steel chairs with a covering of iron yarn often show similar types of damage. The
tubular steel undergoes severe processes of corrosion. The iron oxides migrate into the fabric where they
appear as brownish spots. Furthermore they catalyse degradation reactions of the cellulose. The iron yarn
fabric forms the thematic emphasis of the thesis. Art historical analysis of ist production and ist use are
followed by scientific examinations of the fabric and the tubular steel. The collected information form the
basis for several tests of different dry and wet cleaning methods, which were developed to conserve the
chair B 35.


  • academic institution: Technische Hochschule Köln
  • kind of theses:  Masterarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Dr. Anne Sicken
  • assistant Tutor:  Prof. Dr. phil. Annemarie Stauffer
  • date:  2015
  • Language:  German

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