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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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Set of Two Wassily Armchairs by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
The Wassily chair, also known as the model B3 chair, was inspired by the frame of a bicycle and influenced by the constructivist theories of the De Stjil movement. Marcel Breuer was ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Marcel Breuer Ivory-Colored 'Wassily' Chair, Gavina, 1960s 'Authentic, Stamped'
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A fine and rare ivory-colored Marcel Breuer 'Wassily' chair, produced before 1968 in Italy by Gavina. In 1968 Gavina was sold to the American company Knoll and the Bologna brand ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Fulton, CA
A pair of iconic "Wassily" chairs, circa 1970s. Originally design by Marcel Breuer in 1925. Tubular steel chrome plated frames with unusual stitched suede tan leather upholstery. Ori...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern 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

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Steel

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.   
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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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

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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...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Vintage Wassily Chair Attributed to Knoll
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
Nice early Wassily chair in rich brown patinated leather and chrome. This example shows some cosmetic wear, notably significant wear to chrome elements which run front to back, under...
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Mid-20th Century Italian International Style Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Wassily Chairs with Anodised Black Frames, Italy, 1980s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Melbourne, AU
A pair of Classic Wassily chairs, with a truly lovely twist - black anodised frames. Deliciously worn leather. Closed tube ends show these were a quality production. Purchased pre 19...
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Vintage 1970s Italian De Stijl Lounge Chairs

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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 ...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Bauhaus Red Vintage Leather Metal B 3 Wassily Lounge Chair by Marcel Breuer 1925
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Vienna, AT
A Bauhaus Vintage set of four leather Wassily lounge chairs or amrchairs Mod B 3, which were designed by Marcel Breuer 1925-1927 and executed by Fasem ( leather stamped ) Italy, 1986...
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Vintage 1920s European Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Midcentury Leather Marcel Wander for Knoll Wassily Chair, circa 1950-1960
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in San Francisco, CA
About An iconic Marcel Breuer for Knoll Wassily chair with tubular chrome frame and black leather. No caps on the ends of the tubular frame. One continuous piece of metal. Contact ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

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

Marcel Breuer 1980s Black Leather and Steel Structure Wassily Armchair
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Milano, IT
Signed and marked Wassily armchair. Leather seat and steel structure. It is in very good conditions, showing some wears coherent with gentle prior use and age. it is from 1980s. ...
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Late 20th Century European Modern Armchairs

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Steel

"Wassily" Marcel Breuer by Gavina Bauhaus Design 1960s Black Leather Armchair
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Brescia, IT
"B3 Wassily" by Marcel Breuer Gavina, 1960s Black leather and chrome metal tubolar.  
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Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Cognac Leather Wassily Armchairs by Marcel Breuer, 1968
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
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

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 Gavina, Marcel Breuer
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