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Mart Stam
Mart Stam (1899-1986)
Architect-visionary-product designer
Born in Purmerend in the Netherlands in 1899, Mart Stam developed into one of the most important architects of modernism and a pioneer of modern furniture design after his studies at a school for drawing teachers and after several internships in various architectural offices.

An architect who contributed to the new architecture between the 1st and the 2nd World War. In all his furniture designs, Stam focused on straight lines in form and the benefits of improved seating comfort.
In 1922 Mart Stam moved to Berlin and experimented with gas pipes and created a chair without rear seat legs. These were replaced, by a framework of a free-swinging metal frame. Which was bent so that it could balance and hold the weight of the person sitting on it.
Mart Stam combined the tubular steel frame with molded wood shells for the seat and back, creating an absolute reduction. The comfortable swinging effect, of the frame made it possible to do without upholstery.
When Stam presented his groundbreaking chair without back legs, which was the result of his 1925 experiments with gas pipes, to the public at the opening of the Weißenhof-Siedlung in Stuttgart, he revolutionized modern furniture design. A design in sleek and functional form, which could be perfectly integrated into the modern buildings of the time.

Mart Stam who invented the design symbol of modernism with the S33 cantilever chair. His early cantilever chairs made of tubular steel, today with core leather as a seat are classics of furniture design of this century.
The last 20 years of his life Mark Stam withdrew almost completely into his private life with his wife. Therefore, Stam is also considered a disappeared architect although his cantilever chair S33 is ubiquitous as a design classic.