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1902 (Hungary) -1981 (United States)
Hungarian designer Marcel Lajos Breuer may be recognised for designing UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris in 1953, but he also left a long-lasting influence on interior design. One of his most important projects was his innovative 1926 steel club armchair. Now renamed the Wassily chair after Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. It was hailed a breakthrough in interior design. After spending time in Europe and London, and then moving to America, Breuer dedicated most of his later career to architectural projects. He was occasionally involved in designing furniture for important cultural buildings such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, but received more recognition as an architect than as an interior designer.