Wassily ChairPrice: $2,425.00
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Design by Marcel Breuer, 1925.
Marcel Breuer began working with bent steel framing after buying his first bicycle. The designer admired the functional design of the bicycle's tubed frame and began experimenting with bent steel tubing – pushing it further, in the interest of furniture design. Featuring leather strips suspended on steel tubes, the Wassily Chair was the first of its kind and became an instant classic. After its introduction, the chair was named for the artist Wassily Kandinsky, who had one of the innovative armchairs in his office. The Wassily Chair eventually furnished much of the Bauhaus where Breuer studied. It has remained in constant production and is today an indisputable symbol of modernism.
- Frame is seamless tubular steel with a polished chrome finish
- Four plastic glides snap into pre-drilled holes on base of the chair
- KnollStudio logo and signature of Marcel Breuer are stamped into the base of the chair
- 27 Spinneybeck belting leather colors with edges dyed to match
- White, Beige and Light Brown Spinneybeck thick cowhide leathers
- 8 Spinneybeck haired hide options
- GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®
Designer: Marcel Breuer
Protégé of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer embodied many of the School's distinctive concepts and was and one of the School's most famous students. He returned shortly thereafter to teach carpentry from 1925 to 1928, and during this time designed his tubular-steel furniture collection: functional, simple and distinctly modern. His attention drifted towards architecture, and after practicing privately, he worked as a professor at Harvard's School of Design under Gropius. Breuer was also honored as the first architect to be the sole artist of an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Wassily Chair was named after his Bauhaus roommate Wassily Kandinsky, the Cesca after his daughter Francesca.View other products by Marcel Breuer
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