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Wassily Lounge Chair
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Wassily Lounge Chair

About the Design

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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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

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

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Steel

Pair of Chrome Plated & Leather Wassily Chairs, circa 1980
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
Located in London, London
A lovely pair of Wassily armchairs in leather and chrome plated frames. These chairs produced by Knoll are replicas of the original of the iconic Wassily chair, also known as Model B...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Club 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

Marcel Breuer Early Canvas Model B3 "Wassily" Chair, Black Eisengarn
By Standard Möbel, Marcel Breuer
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

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Steel, Chrome

Marcel Breuer Early Canvas Model B3 "Wassily" Chair, Green Eisengarn
By Standard Möbel, Marcel Breuer
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

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Steel, Chrome

Marcel Lajos Breuer, Wassily Lounge Chair, Circa 1975
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Chromed metal and leather Signed on the leather Gavina Edition Measures: H74 x L78 x D72 cm.   
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

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

Marcel Breuer Wassily B3 Armchairs in Tan Leather
By Marcel Breuer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Marcel Breuer Wassily Model #B3 Mid-Century Modern lounge arm chairs, tan leather strap seat and back, with tubular chrome frame. Measures: 29" H x 30.5" W x 27" D.
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20th Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

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

Marcel Breuer, Pair of Wassily Armchair, Circa 1968
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Saint ouen, FR
Pair of Wassily armchair - Marcel Lajos Breuer Circa 1968 Chromed metal and leather Signed on the leather Gavina edition, original label on the back Measures: 74 x 78 x ...
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Vintage 1960s European Other Armchairs

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Metal

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 Lounge Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Gavina SpA
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Wassily lounge chairs dating back to Gavina’s production recently restored with new leather upholstery. After their meeting in New York in 1962, Dino Gavina started the mass...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel

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

Materials

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

Marcel Breuer Long Chair Chaise Lounge Attr. to Isokon, c 1970 Bauhaus Midcent
By Isokon, Marcel Breuer
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 Marcel Breuer Wassily Leather Lounge Chairs Gavina for Charles Stendig
By Charles Stendig, Marcel Breuer
Located in Westport, CT
Pair of Marcel Breuer Wassily lounge chairs Gavina for Charles Stendig, earlier vintage before Knoll production. Pre, 1968.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Wassily Lounge Chair White Leather by Marcel Breuer, Gavina, circa 1962
By Marcel Breuer, Dino Gavina
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

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

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

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Metal

Cognac Leather Wassily Armchairs by Marcel Breuer for Knoll International, 1968
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
Located in MIlano, IT
Cognac leather Wassily armchair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll International, 1968. Mod.B3 armchair by Marcel Breuer, well known as Wassily, was designed in 1925. The iconic armchair h...
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Vintage 1960s German 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

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Chrome

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