Born in Hungary, Marcel Breuer studied at the Bauhaus—where he quickly became a star and one of founder Walter Gropius’ protégés. Upon graduating, Breuer returned to the Bauhaus, where he directed the carpentry workshop from 1925 to 1928. Around the same time, Breuer designed his distinctly modern and fully functional tubular-steel furniture collection, including the Wassily chair, named after his Bauhaus roommate, Wassily Kandinsky, and the Cesca, named after his daughter Francesca.
Changing his focus to architecture, Breuer immigrated to the United Sates in 1937, where he collaborated with Walter Gropius in Boston and taught architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Amongst Breuer’s students were some of the world’s most internationally renowned designers including I.M. Pei, Edward Larrabe Barnes, and Phillip Johnson. Breuer’s own design accomplishments include the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.