Inspired by Marcel Breuer

Wassily Armchair

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Inspired by Marcel Breuer

Wassily Armchair

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100% Made in Italy. Wassily. Armchair with polished chromed or lacquered steel tube frame. Seat, armrests and back upholstery in thick cowhide.
History
More than being a true design icon, the “Wassily” is considered the very first chair ever created with steel tube. It bears Breuer’s stylistic signature and is a distinctive hallmark of modern furniture. The steel tube perfectly corresponded with the contemporary aesthetic of the machine, a manifesto of the design ideal of the 1920s. It was a symbol of technology, industry, production in series, standardization, functionality and hygiene, that were all values and concepts of crucial importance for international modernism. As the story goes, Breuer got his idea from the steel tube on his bicycle, attracted by its light and highly resistant properties; for his experiments with metal furniture, he used earlier aluminium and then polished steel. The armchair was called “Wassily” because Kandinsky owned the prototype created in 1925, and used it in his house at the Bauhaus campus. Polished chromed or lacquered steel tube frame. Seat, armrests and back upholstery in thick cowhide.

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Dimensions W79 D70 H70 HS42 cm
Inspired by Marcel Breuer
Line Armchairs
Model Armchair
Structure Schema MB14
M. Breuer

Breuer

M. Breuer

(1902-1981)

The quest for a clear, firm reply that satisfies all requirements and purposes is what leads architecture to the kingdom of the abstract and what breathes life into art.

Hungarian born Marcel Breuer completed his studies at a very young age and then he became teacher at the Bauhaus, the renowned school of architecture and applied arts created by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919. It is there that he discovered tubular steel, his distinctive mark as a designer; Breuer used it for the structures of stools, tables and chairs which would become emblems for an entire age. Among those designs there was the “Wassily”, essential and rigorous, considered the first chair ever created in steel tube, an absolute masterpiece and, according to many, unrivalled.

In 1937 Breuer moved to the USA, where he was awarded a professorship at Harvard. Without abandoning industrial design - which he had himself helped create - he began a second successful career as an architect. The extraordinary projects designed by Breuer until the ‘70s have contributed towards ensuring his place among the great names of Modernism, a source of inspiration for entire generations of architects and designers.