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Marcel Breuer (American/Hungarian, 1902–1981)
LOT ID: 80483
Early Wassily Chair (no. B3) , ie. circa 1927

Seating, leather, chrome-plated metal
28 х 30.75 х 28 in. (71.12 x 78.1 x 71.12 cm.)
Stamped, Möbel Lengyel & Co.
Print/Casting Year 1928
Foundry/Publisher Möbel Lengyel & Co., Berlin, Germany
Lot description
28 x 30.75 x 28 (71.1 78.1 71.1 cm) Manufactured by Möbel Lengyel & Co., Berlin, Germany. 1928. Bent nickel plated tubular steel and leather.

So called "Wessily Chair" shows the intersection of two geometric forms in space, devoid of mass. Breuer's designs are light easy to move neither displaced space or blocked views. A design redo of the club chair of the past edited to liberate space and the sitter.

A Limited number of club armchairs were produced in 1925-1928. In this early version of the chair nickel plated steel was used. Only a few known examples of this early version exist. In later years the design was adapted, the chair was made of chrome-plated tubes of steel and a strengthening bar was added near the base.

Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) is best known as one of the early 20th century's most influential furniture designers and is considered one of the masters of Modernism, an honorable title he earned through using new technologies and materials to develop an "International Style." He was appointed head of the carpentry workshop at the Bauhaus in the early 1920s and co-founded a company Standard-Möbel to manufacture his tubular steel furniture. Further into his career he focused more on architecture including lecture halls and residences for New York University, but still designed furniture on occasion. He died in 1981 in New York City.

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Early Wassily Chair (no. B3) by Marcel Breuer
  • Early Wassily Chair (no. B3) by Marcel Breuer
  • Early Wassily Chair (no. B3) by Marcel Breuer
  • Early Wassily Chair (no. B3) by Marcel Breuer
  • Early Wassily Chair (no. B3) by Marcel Breuer
  • Early Wassily Chair (no. B3) by Marcel Breuer
  • Early Wassily Chair (no. B3) by Marcel Breuer
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