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Mid-Century Modern Original Wassily Black Leather Chair
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
We present an authentic authorised reproduction of the classic wassily chair. In excellent condition. Dimensions: 30.5"W x 25.5"D x 28.75"H Arm height: 23" Seat height: 17.5" Seat de...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather

Pair of Original Vintage Marcel Breuer Wassily Chairs Cognac Leather
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
From Le Shoppe Too we have a pair of original vintage Wassily chairs in beautiful cognac leather. In great condition. Patina is appropriate to the age and use of these chairs. Dimen...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather

Vintage Early Original Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair for Knoll in Brown Leather
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
Located in North Hollywood, CA
All original Marcel Breuer Wassily chair for Knoll in brown leather straps and tubular frame. 1960s Mid-Century Modern authentic Wassily B3 chair designed by Marcel Breuer and made ...
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Mid-20th Century American Bauhaus Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Vintage Breuer "Wassily" Armchairs in Original Leather, circa 1980
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Shippensburg, PA
This gorgeous pair of tubular steel lounge chairs are of a remarkably high quality, after the original iconic chair by Marcel Breuer. They have been held in a single collection since...
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Vintage 1980s Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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Chrome

1970s Original Gavina Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer in Black Leather
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Tubular frame in chromed metal, seat and back in black numbered leather. Original excellent condition of the leather and of the chromed steel tube; suitable for your loft decorati...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Early Original Knoll Gavina Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer in Brown Leather
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in Kansas City, MO
Early 1960s brown leather Wassily chair produced by Gavina and imported to the USA by Knoll International. Retains both the Gavina metal tag and partial Knoll paper tag. Beautiful pa...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Four Original Gavina Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer in Black Leather
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Miami, FL
Tubular frame in chromed metal, seat and back in black numbered leather. Original excellent condition of the leather and of the chromed steel tube. Dimensions: 28.5 in. H x 31 in....
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Pair of Original Gavina Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer in Black Leather
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Miami, FL
Tubular frame in chromed metal, seat and back in black numbered leather. Original excellent condition of the leather and of the chromed steel tube. Dimensions: 28.5 in. H x 31 in....
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Pair of Original Gavina Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer in Black Leather
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Miami, FL
Tubular frame in chromed metal, seat and back in black numbered leather. Original excellent condition of the leather and of the chromed steel tube. Signed in the leather Dimension...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Original Wassily Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal original wassily chair for your home. An original wassily chair — often made from metal, animal skin and chrome — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect original wassily chair — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. Each original wassily chair bearing Mid-Century Modern hallmarks is very popular. A well-made original wassily chair has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Marcel Breuer, Knoll and Gavina are consistently popular.

How Much is a Original Wassily Chair?

Prices for an original wassily chair start at $1,597 and top out at $4,920 with the average selling for $2,360.

Marcel Breuer for sale on 1stDibs

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

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 recognisable for its leather-strap seating supports — and the caned Cesca chair. Breuer also made several notable designs in moulded 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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Questions About Marcel Breuer
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Marcel Breuer is known for his work as an architect and furniture designer during the 20th century. During his life, he created many famous chairs that remain popular today, including the Wassily lounge chair, the Cesca chair and the D40 cantilever chair. You’ll find a range of Marcel Breuer furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    One way to authenticate an original Wassily chair is to look at the stainless frame. There will be no weld in the corners, and will look like a continuous piece, with no cap on the end. Shop a collection of expertly vetted Wassily chairs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The Wassily Chair, referenced as Model B3 chair, was designed at Bauhaus in 1925 by Marcel Breuer and produced by Knoll. The name Wassily was not given to the chair until decades later when it was re-released. Shop a collection of Bauhaus furniture, including Wassily Chairs, from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.