Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 8

Pair of Wassily Lounge Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Gavina SpA

$5,400per set

About

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 production of Marcel Breuer’s furniture made of curved chromed seamless tubular steel designed in the Bauhaus period. Among them, the lounge chair Wassily designed in 1925 Breuer is a perfect example of the rationalist approach. It was called Wassily by Gavina because the Russian painter Kandinsky asked for the prototype for his house.

Details

  • Creator
    Gavina (Manufacturer),Marcel Breuer (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Depth: 25.5 in. (64.77 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1962
  • Condition
    Recently restored with new upholstery.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1639214977782

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Bologna, Italy
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

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 signature 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.

About the Seller
4.8 / 5
Located in New York, NY

Founded in 2015 by Patrizio Chiarparini, this New York furniture gallery is a precious resource for interior designers, architects and collectors. Chiarparini takes a curatorial approach, informed by a well-honed fashion and design sensibility, to selecting the distinctive pieces from master artisans, groundbreaking contemporary design...

Diamond Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2015
1stDibs seller since 2015
1,129 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 2 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

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: canvas textile, steel tube frame.   
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Marcel Breuer B3 “Wassily” Bauhaus Chairs for Gavina Knoll, 1971, Set of 2
By Gavina, Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in Lonigo, IT
Pair of "Wassily" chairs, designed in 1925 by Marcel Breuer and manufactured by Gavina Knoll, 1971. Rare edition in brown. Inspired by the frame of a bicycle and influenced by th...
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

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,...
Category

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...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Marcel Breuer Wassily Leather Lounge Chairs Gavina for Charles Stendig
By Marcel Breuer, Charles Stendig
Located in Westport, CT
Pair of Marcel Breuer Wassily lounge chairs Gavina for Charles Stendig, earlier vintage before Knoll production. Pre, 1968.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

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 ...
Category

Early 20th Century Spanish Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Brown Leather B3 Wassily Armchair by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1968
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in MIlano, IT
Brown leather B3 Wassily armchair by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1968 Mod.B3 armchair by Marcel Breuer, well known as Wassily, was designed in 1925. This brown leather version comes ...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Italian Black Leather Wassily Armchair by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1968
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
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...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery