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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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1980s Vintage Wassily B3 Black Leather and Chrome Chair Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Wassily chair designed by Marcel Breuer. The original year of design of this chair was 1925, this particular chair was manufactured in the early 1980s. A very nice vintage Wassily...
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Mid-20th Century American Bauhaus Armchairs

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Midcentury Leather Marcel Wander for Knoll Wassily Chair, circa 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. Cre...
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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 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.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Black Italian Made Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Marcel Breuer Italian made Wassily chairs in black leather. Nice quality chairs with finished ends, no caps. Leather is nice quality, and chrome is in great condition! Timeless class...
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1990s Italian Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

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

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Chrome

'Wassily' Marcel Breuer for Knoll, Rare Black on Black Leather Lounge Chair
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This authentic model B3 'Wassily' lounge chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll International is a rare black on black colorway featuring a black tubular steel frame and thick black leathe...
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Late 20th Century American Bauhaus Club Chairs

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Steel

Marcel Breuer Pair of Brown Leather Wassily Chairs
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Nice pair of Marcel Breuer brown leather wassily chairs. Chrome in very good condition, nice quality construction with finished ends, no caps. Leather shows minimal signs of wear.
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1990s American Bauhaus Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

1960s B3 Wassily Chair Cream Leather Marcel Breuer for Gavina, Italy Bauhaus A
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Wassily armchair in cream leather, designed by Marcel Breuer and manufactured by Gavina, Italy in the 1960s, original year of design 1925. Gavina produced the Wassily chair under lic...
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Early 20th Century Italian Bauhaus Armchairs

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1960s B3 Wassily Chair Cream Leather by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, Italy Bauhaus
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Wassily armchair in cream leather, designed by Marcel Breuer and manufactured by Gavina, Italy in the 1960s, original year of design 1925. Gavina produced the Wassily chair under lic...
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Early 20th Century Italian Bauhaus Armchairs

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Bauhaus Black Leather Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Stockholm, SE
Bauhaus black leather Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer. Excellent vintage condition.
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Vintage 1980s European Bauhaus Armchairs

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Leather

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

Bauhaus Red Vintage Lounge Chairs Mod. B 3 by Marcel Breuer 1920s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Vienna, AT
A famed Bauhaus Vintage set of four armchairs or chairs named Wassily-Chairs Mod. B 3 designed by Marcel Breuer 1925-1927 and executed by Fasem (leather stamped) Italy, 1986. The ta...
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Vintage 1920s European Bauhaus Club Chairs

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Metal