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1960s Marcel Breuer B3 Wassily Chair by Gavina, Italy


A Wassily chair designed by Marcel Breuer and manufactured by Gavina, Italy. This chair dates from 1968–1972, original year of design 1925. Polished chrome tube with cream leather seat and arms. In good overall condition, some wear to the leather and leather stitch on the arm and seat as shown in the photos; minimal marks to the chrome. ST935.   


  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Some general signs of wear to the leather and loss of top stitching as shown in the photos, however this is purely decorative and does not affect the structure of the chair whatsoever.  The chrome is in good condition.
  • Dimensions
    H 28.75 in. x W 31.11 in. x D 27.17 in.H 73 cm x W 79 cm x D 69 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.33 in. (44 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Stow on the Wold, GB
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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 signal 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.

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