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Dimensions in cm
|Material||Frame: Steel tubing, highly polished chrome, with plastic glides
Cover: Thick cowhide leather
|Awards & museum||The Museum of Modern Art Award, 1968|
|Certificates||The "Knoll International" logo and Marcel Breuer's signature are engraved in the frame|
|Sustainability||GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®|
How do I recognise an original Wassily Chair?
The Knoll logo and the signature of the designer are engraved on the frame (since 1995). The original Wassily Chair is made of a special steel tube, which does not deform even after long-term use and guarantees stability. The elaborate chrome plating and the specially treated leather cover also indicate the authenticity of this design classic. In addition, the closing caps, for example, are made of metal and not plastic.
The Wassily Chair owes its name to none other than the painter Wassily Kandinsky. Produced by Knoll International the chair originated at the Bauhaus school at a time when Kandinsky taught at the renowned institution. Designed by the artist and designer Marcel Breuer in 1926, Kandinsky was so taken with the design of Breuer's leather and tubular steel chair that he had an example produced especially for his apartment in the Dessau Meisterhaus complex, and that before the chair entered series production - hence everyone referred to it as "Wassily's Chair". According to legend, Marcel Breuer was inspired by his bent tubular steel bicycle handlebars - and decided to use the same material - and thus its ability to be easily and stably formed - for furniture manufacturing. The Wassily Chair was thus the first piece of tubular steel furniture. The unusual constructivist frame is a central element of the design and its statics, including the way in which the tension of the leather straps create a backrest and seat, are here radically exposed and bequeath the chair its unique aesthetic quality. Contrary to Breuer's expectations the Wassily Chair became a great success, largely on account of its rigorous formal language, and within a very short time many copies were to be found on the market - and thus a new type of popular furniture was born: the tubular steel chair, a genre to which Marcel Breuer was to greatly expand and enrich. On account of its unique importance in the history of design the original Bauhaus chair has now found its way into the permanent collections of all relevant design museum collections, and remains a textbook example of timeless design with mundane touch. Available in a range of leathers the Wassily Chair can be effortlessly integrated into innumerate settings.
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