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In the MoMA Collection

Wassily Chair

Wassily Chair

Marcel Breuer, 1925

In the MoMA COLLECTION

This product is represented in MoMA's Design collection.

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This product is in a MoMA Exhibition.

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$2,424.88
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Item #94447
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Product Description

Wassily Chair

Marcel Breuer was teaching at the Bauhaus when he conceived one of the century’s most important innovations in furniture design: the use of tubular steel. Inspired by his beloved bicycle, Breuer used the unconventional material to stunning effect in his Wassily Chair, featured in the Museum’s collection. Named for the painter Kandinsky, Breuer’s friend and fellow Bauhaus instructor, the Wassily is a sleek, modernist interpretation of the traditional overstuffed club chair and prompted Breuer to call it his "least artistic, most logical" work. Shortly after the chair was first presented, designers everywhere began experimenting with tubular steel, leading to a new era of furniture construction. Made of tubular steel with a polished chrome finish and either cowhide leather or a range of Spinneybeck belting or hair-hide leathers.

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History

Bauhaus

This influential school of avant-garde art, design, and architecture of the twentieth century was a vibrant laboratory for redefining artistic practice in the modern age. Founded in 1919 and shut down by the Nazis in 1933, the Bauhaus brought together artists, architects, and designers in an extraordinary conversation about the nature of art in the age of technology. Aiming to rethink the very form of modern life, the Bauhaus became the site of a dazzling array of experiments in the visual arts that have profoundly shaped our visual world today.

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Product Specs

Type Seating
Made In the USA
Size 28.75h x 31w x 27"d
Materials Tubular Steel, Leather
Featured Historic Design , Modern Living , In the MoMA Collection , Bauhaus
Designer Marcel Breuer
Date 1925