Wassily Chair by Knoll
designed by Marcel Breuer
The Wassily chair is constructed of tubular steel with a polished chrome finish, as well as either thick cowhide upholstery of Spinneybeck belting leather. German designer Marcel Breuer concieved the Wassily chair while an apprentice at Bauhaus in 1925. It was the first tubular steel piece of furniture, a major advance on aesthetic and practical furniture design. Inspired by the bicycle and named after Breuer's friend and contemporary Wassily Kandinsky, the Wassily chair has endured as art and furniture for nearly a century.
The chair can fold and adapt to the user. Like the equally famous Bertoia chairs made decades later, negative space is a chief element in the design; space passes through the chair. The leather straps are thin, carefully placed for maximum support and comfort and minimum material.
The materials of the chair (originally canvas, now leather, as well as tubular steel) were as revolutionary to the design world as was the aesthetic achievement of the finished product. The Wassily is a gorgeous chair, brilliantly conceived and executed, with a prominent place in 20th century design.
About the Designer
|Marcel Breuer had a rich career in the design community in from the 1920's through the 1950's. Born in Hungary, Breuer eventually became a professor at the Harvard School of Design and helped to foster America's unique sense of style and taste in the post World War Two era. His standout furniture creations include the Wassily Chair, named after his roommate Wassily Kandinsky, and the Cesca Chair, named for his daughter Francesca. These designs, along with his Laccio Tables, feature tubular steel, one of his favorite mediums.|
About the Manufacturer
Founded in 1938, Knoll has nurtured many of the most inspiring and iconic furniture designs of the last century. With an extensive collection of modern classic furniture for the home as well as cutting-edge office furniture with a focus on functionality as well as aesthetics, Knoll is at the forefront of how furniture interacts with us and affects us in our daily lives.
The Knoll Wassily Chair is Greenguard certified.
Materials & Measurements
Frame: seamless tubular steel with a polished chrome finish
Chair: highly durable Spinneybeck belting leather
Glides: molded clear plastic glides with twin-pin snap-in construction included
Overall: 28.75" h x 31" w x 26" d
Seat height: 16.5"
Arm height: 23"