Mid-century Leather Marcel Breuer for Knoll Wassily Chair c.1950-1960
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.
CREATOR Marcel Breuer for Knoll.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1950-1960.
MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES Chrome, Leather.
CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor blemishes on the leather and chrome. No manufacturing marks or labels.
DIMENSIONS H 28 in. x W 31 in. x D 28 in. Seat Height 16 in.
Wassily Chair (aka Model B3 chair) designed by Marcel Breuer, Germany, 1926.
While at the Bauhaus, Breuer designed this chair from standard tubular-steel inspired by bicycle construction. The frame was assembled by bending the tube-steel, assembling the various pieces with ordinary plumbing techniques, and attaching canvas straps (later upgraded to high-end leathers). This chair exemplifies the Bauhaus mission of reconciling art and industry by optimizing materials that were available in quantity and using prosaic methods of manufacturing.