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May 22, 2014

Happy birthday, Marcel Breuer!

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Marcel Breuer, circa 1926.

"It's a world of possible impossibilities," said Marcel Breuer. Born on this day (or yesterday, depending on your source) in 1902, the Hungarian architect and furniture designer began his career as one of the youngest students at the Bauhaus. Passionate and curious, Breuer thrived on finding unique solutions to everyday problems. From cantilevered chairs to facades of glass to Brutalist buildings to his concept of the binuclear house (bedrooms in one wing, living/dining areas in the other, separated by an entry hall), Breuer shaped the world in which we live and continues to inspire designers today.

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Whitney Museum of Art. Photo by Ezra Stoller.

"Architecture should be anchored in usefulness," said Breuer, "its attitude should be more direct, more directly responsible, more directly social."

To celebrate Breuer's birthday, check out the building he designed for the Whitney Museum of American Art. The museum will leave this landmark building later this year to move to a new structure designed by Renzo Piano.

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