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Wassily Lounge Chair
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Wassily Lounge Chair

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Inspired by bicycle handlebars, the Wassily chair is one of Marcel Breuer’s (1902–81) greatest achievements. Even though the tubular metal chair looked like an artifact from the future when the Hungarian designer and architect conceived it in 1925, Breuer could not have foreseen the significant impact that this would have on modern design.

From 1920–28, Breuer studied and then taught at the Bauhaus school of design, where he found a kindred spirit in Walter Gropius, who invited Breuer back as junior master of the carpentry workshop. After less than a year in his new role, Breuer produced his revolutionary chair, which is among the first furniture designs to feature bent tubular steel.

Breuer called the Wassily his “most extreme work” because the pared-down design didn’t look comfortable. It’s true: Take an everyday club chair — the Wassily’s technical name was the model B3 club chair — and toss the cushions and you’d have something like Breuer’s design. The lightweight and mass-produced tubular-steel handlebars of the maker’s bicycle made him wonder if he could achieve something similar with bent-steel furniture. The resulting mid-1920s-era chair, the seat of which was made of a durable canvas developed by Bauhaus student Margaretha Reichardt, was named the Wassily after painter and fellow Bauhaus colleague Vasily “Wassily” Kandinsky expressed admiration for the piece. Today, Knoll manufactures the Wassily chair.

Wassily Lounge Chair

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Set of Iconic Wassily™ Chair by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Malibu, US
Marcel Breuer Inspired by the frame of a bicycle and influenced by the constructivist theories of the De Stjil movement, Marcel Breuer was still an apprentice at the Bauhaus when he ...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Bauhaus Club Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Black Leather Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer Model B3
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Den Haag, NL
Wassily chair also known as the B3 Chair, designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925 while he was working at the Bauhaus. This example is from the 1980s good condition.
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Vintage 1980s American Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll in Black Leather circa 1970-80
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll, Gavina
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer for KNOLL, circa 1970-80 Designer: Marcel Breuer Manufacturer: KNOLL Country: USA Model: Wassily armchair Design period: circa 1925 D...
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Vintage 1920s American Bauhaus Armchairs

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Chrome

Wassily Chairs in Chrome and Leather Designed by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic and iconic wassily lounge chairs. Sold as a pair. Designed by Marcel Breuer. Chairs executed in chrome steel tubing and black leather. Perhaps the most famous piece of furnit...
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20th Century Lounge Chairs

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Leather

Bauhaus Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll International
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
A pair of Wassily chairs, also known as the B3 Chair, designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925 while he was working at the Bauhaus. These were produced by Knoll International in the 1960's....
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20th Century Italian Art Deco Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Wassily Lounge Chair, Side Chair by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Antwerp, BE
Wassily B3 armchair in red leather, original design from 1925 by Marcel Breuer manufactured in the 1970s. Polished chrome metal tubular frame and original armrests, back and seat. Th...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Wassily Lounge Chair White Leather by Marcel Breuer, Gavina, circa 1962
By Dino Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Paris, France
This early original of Wassily pair of lounge chairs, are with the original white leather, highly sought after by collectors. The leather has no structural issues. The Wassily model,...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Marcel Breuer Long Chair Chaise Lounge Attr. to Isokon, c 1970 Bauhaus Midcent
By Marcel Breuer, Isokon
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Marcel Breuer long chair chaise lounge attributed to Isokon, circa 1970 Bauhaus Marcel Breuer 'Long Chair' ebonized bent ply with black leather seat pad by Isokon circa 1970s, the ‘...
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20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues

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Leather, Bentwood

Pair of Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Gavina
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Antwerpen, Antwerp
The Wassily chair is a piece of significant importance in mid century design. The chair, also known as the Model B3 chair, was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925-1926 while he was act...
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Vintage 1960s European Bauhaus Armchairs

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Metal

Vintage Canvas Textile Marcel Breuer Wassily Lounge Chair for Gavina
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Vilnius, LT
Vintage Wassily chair, designed by Marcel Breuer, circa 1920. This item is manufactured circa 1960s by Gavina. Label GAVINA. Materials: white colour canvas textile, steel tube fra...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Cognac Leather B3 Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll Studio, 1980s
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
Located in Eindhoven, Noord Brabant
This cognac leather and chromed steel B3 or Wassily chair was designed by Marcel Breuer for Knoll in 1925. Marcel Breuer's (1902, Hungary) inspiration for the Wassily Chair came whe...
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Late 20th Century German Bauhaus Armchairs

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Steel

Marcel Breuer Model B3 Wassily Armchair Lounge, Gavina, 1960s, Black Canvas
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Paris, France
Superb vintage Marcel Breuer model B3 Wassily armchair lounge, designed in 1925, tubular structure in bent and chromed steel, seat, backrest and armrests furnished with its original ...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Knoll, Mid-Century Modern
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair of brown leather and chrome Wassily chairs by Marcel Breuer for Knoll.
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Early 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Pair of Cognac Leather Wassily Armchairs by Marcel Breuer, 1968
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in MIlano, IT
Pair of cognac leather Wassily armchairs by Marcel Breuer, 1968 Mod.B3 armchair by Marcel Breuer, well known as Wassily, was designed in 1925. The iconic armchair has a chromed met...
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

1950s Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Classic Mid-Century Modern Minimalist lounge chair in black leather with a seamless tubular chrome frame. Originally from the Levy House in Princeton, NJ, designed by Marcel Breuer...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Italian Mid-Century Wassily B3 Brown Leather Armchair by Breuer for Gavina, 1960
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century Wassily B3 brown leather armchair by Breuer for Gavina, 1960s Wassily Lounge Chair also known as Model B 3, with rectangular seat in dark brown leather and tubul...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Marcel Breuer Early Canvas Model B3 "Wassily" Chair, Black Eisengarn
By Marcel Breuer, Standard Möbel
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
This is an early edition Wassily from Berlin based manufacturer, Standard-Möbel. It exhibits the original black Eisengarn canvas. A truly iconic design, deserving to be in a museum. ...
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Vintage 1920s German Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Breuer Wassily Canvas and Chromed Lounge Chair
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A hard to find canvas slung Wassily lounge chair with sculptural steel chromed frame by Marcel Breuer finished in a yellowish canvas material. Model # B3 designed in the late 1930's ...
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Late 20th Century Unknown International Style Lounge Chairs

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Canvas

Chair Armchair "wassily" Model Design by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1960s
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in taranto, IT
Chair armchair wassily original 1960s gavina design by marcel breuer signed chromed steel structure, seat and back in black leather It measures 73 cm in height, 79 cm in width ...
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Vintage 1960s German Chairs

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Iron

Marcel Breuer Early Canvas Model B3 "Wassily" Chair, Green Eisengarn
By Marcel Breuer, Standard Möbel
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
This is an early edition Wassily from Berlin based manufacturer, Standard-Möbel. It exhibits the original army green Eisengarn canvas. A truly iconic design, deserving to be in a mus...
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Vintage 1920s German Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Bauhaus Style Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll International
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Doornspijk, NL
The Wassily chair, also known as the B3 Chair, was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925 while he was working at the Bauhaus. The design was revolutionary in the use of material (bent t...
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Vintage 1920s Austrian Bauhaus Armchairs

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Steel

Pair of Early Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Knoll, Leather and Chrome
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Marcel Breuer's 1925 design is a widely recognized masterpiece of modern furniture, having long ago achieved iconic status. This pair of Wassily chairs date to the 1960s. The chrome...
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Vintage 1960s American Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Italian Black Leather Wassily Armchair by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1968
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian black leather Wassily armchair by Marcel Breuer for Gavina in 1968 Wassily armchair in chromed steel and dark brown leather. Perfectly preserved, both in the steel and in th...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Gavina Wassily Chair Leather White by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This Wassily chair, in chromed tubular steel and white leather, was designed by Marcel Breuer and produced by Gavina. It's an early edition before 68 with the stamp underneath the s...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome