Marcel Breuer is one of the most important designers of early modernism. His biography is closely linked to the history of the Bauhaus founded by Walter Gropius. The club armchair B3, today known as "Wassily", was also created in the environment of the of this famous institution. It is the first seat in the history of design made of seamlessly drawn precision steel tubing. Its transparency and exposed construction are the expression of a purist aesthetic that prevailed in architecture and design after the First World War.
Marcel Breuer replaced the massive upholstered bodies of traditional club chairs with a skeleton-like construction of bent tubular steel that overcomes the materiality of conventional seating furniture. He used the elasticity of the material and supplemented it with a firm fabric covering of iron yarn for the seat and backrest. The B3 did not receive the name "Wassily" until the early 1960s, when the Italian furniture manufacturer Dino Gavina acquired the production rights: Marcel Breuer had designed the armchair for the house of the painter Wassily Kandinsky, who taught at the Bauhaus from 1922 to 1933.
The original of the B3 Wassily was designed in 1925 by Marcel Breuer and has been produced since 1968 as a 1:1 model by The Knoll Group, New York/USA.
The miniature of Vitra (scale 1:6) offered here is made of nickel-plated tubular steel and black leather.
Height: 12.3 cm, depth: 11.6 cm, length: 12.7 cm
Weight 150 g (without packaging)
Miniatures Collection Vitra Design Museum