wassily lounge chair

wassily lounge chair

wassily lounge chair

Design Marcel Breuer, 1925
Seamless chromed tubular steel, cowhide leather
Made in Italy by Knoll

Marcel Breuer was an apprentice at the Bauhaus in 1925 when he conceived the first tubular steel chair, the Wassily chair, based on the tubed frame of a bicycle. Knoll is the only authorized and licensed manufacturer of the Wassily chair. Marcel Breuer's signature is stamped into the base of the frame and every chair has an individual identification number to verify authenticity. If it does not display the Knoll logo type and bear Marcel Breuer's signature, it is a counterfeit.

Protégé of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer embodied many of the School's distinctive concepts and was and one of the School's most famous students. He returned to teach carpentry from 1925-1928, during which he designed the tubular-steel furniture collection. His attention drifted towards architecture, and after practicing privately, he worked as a professor at Harvard's School of Design under Gropius. Breuer was also honored as the first architect to be the sole artist of an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Wassily lounge frame is seamless tubular steel with a polished chrome finish. Thick cowhide leather upholstery available in black, light brown or white beige. Leather version complies with the California Technical Bulletin 133.

31" w | 27.5" d | 29" h | seat: 16.5" h | arm: 23" h

$2,354.00 + plus shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this special chair to be created and shipped to your location)

Marcel Breuer

Marcel Lajos Breuer (1902-1981) was a Hungarian born student and teacher at the Bauhaus in the 1920s, eventually becoming head of its carpentry workshop. His most famous design while there was of tubular steel though, the Wassily chair, which was inspired by his bicycle handlebars. Its manufacturers named it for Wassily Kandinsky, to whom Breuer gifted an early prototype. Breuer relocated to London in the 1930s, due to the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. While in London, Breuer was employed by Jack Pritchard at the Isokon company, one of the earliest introducers of modern design to the United Kingdom. Breuer eventually ended up in the United States, teaching at Harvard's architecture school, working with students such as Philip Johnson, Paul Rudolph and I.M. Pei. He designed many houses in the Boston area alongside former Bauhaus colleague Walter Gropius and formed a business with him until 1941, at which point Breuer started his own firm in New York.
Hans Knoll, the son of a pioneer German furniture manufacturer, founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938, one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust, a Cranbrook graduate who had worked for Gropius and Breuer, and the two were married in 1946. The next year, they opened a textiles division and showroom that was flanked with some of the worlds leading designers. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and producing them to their original specifications. This included the 1929 Barcelona Chair. They also commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the now iconic Tulip chair, and hold the rights to Marcel Breuer’s seminal Wassily Chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi would also collaborate with Knoll.
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