Wassily Chrome and Leather B3 Chair in Black by Marcel Breuer for Gavina
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Wassily Chrome and Leather B3 Chair in Black by Marcel Breuer for Gavina

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Chrome and leather Wassily chair, designed by Marcel Breuer in the 1920s and produced by Gavina in the 1960s. Good quality leather seat, arms and backrest, chrome frame. In good vintage condition, some marks from use and wear to the leather. Chrome is in very good condition. St1090.  

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    Machine-MadeChrome
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    In good over all condition. Chrome is good. Leather shows signs of wear through general use, there is some loss of stitching to the fronts of the arms, this is purely cosmetic.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 28.75 in. x W 30.71 in. x D 25.6 in.H 73 cm x W 78 cm x D 65 cm
  • Seat Height
    15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Stow on the Wold, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    st1090
  • Reference Number
    LU3784116041072
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About Marcel Breuer (Designer)

The architect and designer Marcel Breuer was one the 20th century’s most influential and innovative adherents of modernism. A member of the Bauhaus faculty, Breuer — like such colleagues as the architects Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and the artists and art theoreticians Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers — left Europe in the 1930s to champion the new design philosophy and its practice in the United States.


Born in Hungary, Breuer became a Bauhaus student in 1920 and quickly impressed Gropius, the German school’s founder, with his aptitude for furniture design. His early work was influenced by the minimalist Dutch design movement De Stijl — in particular the work of architect Gerrit Rietveld. In 1925, while he was head of the Bauhaus furniture workshop, Breuer realized his signal innovation: the use of lightweight tubular-steel frames for chairs, tables and sofas — a technique soon adopted by Mies and others. Breuer’s attention gradually shifted from design to architecture, and, at the urging of Gropius, he joined his mentor in 1937 on the faculty of Harvard and in an architectural practice.


In the 1940s, Breuer opened his own architectural office, and there his style evolved from geometric, glass-walled structures toward a kind of hybrid architecture — seen in numerous Breuer houses in New England — that pairs bases of local fieldstone with sleek, wood-framed modernist upper floors. In his later, larger commissions, Breuer worked chiefly with reinforced concrete and stone, as seen in his best-known design, the Brutalist inverted ziggurat built in New York in 1966 as the home of the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Breuer’s most famous furniture pieces are those made of tubular steel, which include the Wassily chair — named after Wassily Kandinsky and recognizable for its leather-strap seating supports — and the caned Cesca chair. Breuer also made several notable designs in molded plywood, including a chaise and nesting table for the British firm Isokon and a student furniture suite commissioned in 1938 for a dormitory at Bryn Mawr College. Whether in metal or wood, Breuer’s design objects are elegant and adaptable examples of classic modernist design — useful and appropriate in any environment.

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