A design icon: the Wassily chair is one of the most famous designs of the Bauhaus movement. The design fits perfectly with our shoot of the Fall / Winter 2016 – 2017 collection, so it is time to get to know more about this chair.
The Wassily chair was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925 and is also known as the B3-chair. The chair is made of stained steel together with canvas or leather in black or red. The design was revolutionary in both the use of tubing material and the way of producing.
Breuer was inspired by the frame of a bike and came up with a tubing furniture of steel. If a bike can be mass produced, so can a chair, he reasoned. Breuer biked a lot at the time he taught at Bauhaus, a school that was set up through the Bauhaus movement. This movement was set up short after the First World War.
During this movement, German architects and artists thought all forms of art must become a part of architecture. They pursued the integration of the arts: architecture, pictorial art, sculpture and industrial design had to become whole. The Wassily chair also shows this merge of style in the architecture and industrial design of that time.
Breuer thought this chair was his “most extreme” work. The less artistic, the most mechanic and logic. Nowadays the chair is still sold by the firm Knoll.