Arm chair with frame in chrome plated steel tube. Seat, back and arms in coloured saddle leather. WASSILY CHAIR MADE IN ITALY.
The Wassily Chair, also known as the Model B3 chair, was designed by the head of the Bauhaus Marcel Breuer in 1925-1926. It was later named as the Wassily Chair after a story about Breuer’s friend and colleague at Bauhaus, Wassily Kandinsky. After first producing the Model B3 Chair prototype, Kandinsky was so enthralled with the chair that Breuer decided to produce another for Wassily Kandinsky himself. This friendship, and the later popularity of Kandinsky led the producers of the Model B3 Chair to change its name to the now famous Wassily Chair. Marcel Breuer found his inspiration for the chair in the bent form of a bicycle handlebar, available for the first time in steel due to a development in technology. The German steel manufacturer Mannesmann had developed a process to produce seamless steel tubing, the first to allow tubes to be bent without breaking at the seam. Breuer’s Adler bicycle featured such tubing, which inspired the designer to employ this material in furniture. In the beginning, It was produced in both a folding and a non-folding versions. In this early iteration, the straps were made of fabric, pulled taut on the reverse side with the use of springs. And re-introduced version was available in hard leather.
77 x 74 x 67 cm