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Pair of Wassily Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Gavina

$7,646.69per set

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Pair of Wassily chairs dating back to Gavina’s production, recently restored with new leather upholstery. Following their meeting in New York in 1962, Dino Gavina started the production of Marcel Breuer’s tubular furniture designed during the Bauhaus period, among which the Wassily chair (1925). With its chrome-plated steel tubes structure it is a perfect example of the rationalist approach. Its name is a tribute to the great Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, Breuer’s friend and companion at the Bauhaus and owner of the first prototype. Additional Information: Materials: Chrome-plated steel tubes structure, leather upholstery Dimensions: W. 78 x D. 65 x H. 74 cm Seat height: 44 cm

Details

  • Creator
    Gavina (Manufacturer),Marcel Breuer (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.14 in (74 cm)Width: 30.71 in (78 cm)Depth: 25.6 in (65 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1962
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1639220587662

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    Ships From: Bologna, Italy
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    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Marcel Breuer

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 László 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 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 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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