Knoll, United States
Originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925 while he was head of the cabinet-making workshop at the Bauhaus, this chair was known simply as Model B3 – its Wassily moniker developed many years later from the anecdote that Breuer had created an example of the chair for the artist Wassily Kandinsky because he admired it so much. The technology and materials used to create the chair were absolutely novel in the mid 1920s. The chair’s frame in seamless tubular steel was made possible by technological developments pioneered by German steel manufacturer, Mannesmann, in the mid 1920s. The very first examples were manufactured by Thonet with straps in white or black fabric. Following World War II, Italian manufacturer, Gavina, picked up the license to produce the chair along with many other of Breuer’s designs. Gavina was the manufacturer that introduced the now iconic leather straps as an option for the chair.
Like the Barcelona Chair, the Wassily Chair is one of the most copied chair designs. The licensed version of the Wassily Chair has been produced by Knoll since 1968 – the year Knoll acquired Gavina and the associated rights to produce not only this chair but many of Breuer’s other iconic designs. The frame is constructed of seamless tubular steel that has been finished in polished chrome. The leather belt strapping in black, light brown, or white/beige was, for many years, the only available option for the chair. Knoll Studio logo and Breuer’s signature are stamped into the base of each Wassily Chair. Recently, Knoll has enabled the use of Spinneybeck belting leather as well as haired hide as options that have vastly increased the possible color and texture aesthetics for the chair.
We have only noted a few of the options here; please contact us at 800.886.0867 to obtain any leather samples as well as to review all of the Spinnybeck leather strap texture and color options for this piece.
Please allow 8-12 weeks for shipping.
Colors and Materials
31" width, 27.5” depth, 29” height; seat height is 16.5”
Museum of Modern Art Award, 1968
Frame in seamless tubular chrome polished steel
Thick cowhide leather upholstery available in black, light brown, and white beige
Spinneybeck belting leather available in 15 colors
Spinneybeck haired hide available in 8 colors
Knoll Studio logo and Marcel Breuer’s signature is stamped into the base of the chair