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.




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