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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.

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Marcel Breuer B3 Wassily Lounge Chairs Gavina circa 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
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Black Leather Wassily Chair
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Den Haag, NL
beautiful chair in the style of Marcel Breuer
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Set of Iconic Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Malibu, US
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Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair B4
By Marcel Breuer
Located in London, GB
Designed in 1925 and inspired by a bicycle frame. The Wassily is made of curving tubes of steel and leather slings that create a seat that is ergonomic and comfortable, yet still hig...
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Wassily Lounge Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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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...
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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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Bauhaus Style Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll International
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Doornspijk, NL
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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 chairs comes from the first original owners who bou...
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Knoll x Supreme Leopard Model B3 Wassily Lounge Chair, Marcel Breuer, 1925, 2019
By Marcel Breuer, Supreme, Knoll
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Knoll x Supreme Leopard Model B3 Wassily lounge chair, Marcel Breuer, 1925, 2019. Inspired by the frame of a bicycle and influenced by the constructivist theories of the De Stjil m...
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Marcel Breuer 'Wassily' Chair, Gavina, 1960s 'Authentic, Stamped'
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A fine Marcel Breuer 'Wassily' chair, produced before 1968 in Italy by Gavina. Authentic and stamped. In 1968 Gavina was sold to the American company Knoll and the Bologna brand c...
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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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Vintage Marcel Breuer Wassily Chairs in Black Leather a Pair
By Marcel Breuer
Located in North Hollywood, CA
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Mid-20th Century American Bauhaus Armchairs

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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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Pair of Black Leather Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Pasadena, TX
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Late 20th Century North American Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Chair Armchair "wassily" Model Design by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1960s
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
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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Marcel Breuer B3 Wassily Lounge Chair by Knoll, Circa 1970
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Marcel Breuer B3 Wassily lounge chair by Knoll, Circa 1970. Magnificent Marcel Breuer Wassily lounge chair by Knoll circa 1970, the chair with top quality tan saddle leather strap...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Yellow Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer dating back to Gavina’s production, recently restored with new leather upholstery. Following their meeting in New York in 1962, Dino Gavina starte...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Chairs

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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

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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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Pair Iconic Wassily Chairs B3, Marcel Breuer for Knoll, Black Leather, Signed
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Pair of Iconic Wassily Chairs (Model B3) designed by Marcel Breuer (Hungarian-American 1902-1981). Tubular chromed steel and black Italian leather, with 'Knoll Made in Italy' labels...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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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

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Steel, Chrome

Marcel Breuer for Gavina Wassily B3 Brown Leather Armchair, Italy 1960
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Naples, IT
Wassily B3 mid-century Italian armchair in brown leather by Breuer for Gavina, 1960. Wassily lounge chair also known as Model B 3, with rectangular dark brown leather seat and tubula...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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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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Pair of Early Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Knoll, Leather and Chrome
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
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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Cognac Leather B3 Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll Studio, 1980s
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in Eindhoven, Noord Brabant
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Late 20th Century German Bauhaus Armchairs

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Steel

1970s B3 Wassily Chair Brown Leather Marcel Breuer for Fasem, Italy, Bauhaus A
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
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Steel

Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll in Black Leather circa 1970-80
By Knoll, Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
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Vintage 1920s American Bauhaus Armchairs

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Chrome

American Mid-Century Brown Leather Wassily B3 Chair by Breuer for Knoll, 1970s
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in MIlano, IT
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Steel

Gavina Wassily Chair Leather White by Marcel Breuer
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Munich, Bavaria
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Mid-20th Century Italian Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

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