Modern Classics: The Wassily Chair

The Wassily chair is easily one of the most recognizable furniture designs to come out of the Bauhaus era. It is said that the design, created by Marcel Breuer out of bent tubular steel and canvas, was inspired by the handlebars of a bicycle. Officially called the Model B3, the chair was given the nickname "Wassily" decades after it went into production as a nod to one of its first fans: Wassily Kandinsky.

The famous painter, who was one of Breuer's colleagues at the Bauhaus at the time of the chair's creation, expressed an admiration for the piece and was one of the first to own a Model B3 when Breuer had a version made for Kandinsky's personal quarters at the school.

In early versions of the chair, the straps were made of fabric, but they were later changed to leather. The chair, which has been mass produced since the late 1920s, has been produced by Knoll since the company gained rights to the design in 1968.

TOP ROW:
1. Ready for the upcoming fall weather with a furry throw. Image by Liana Walker
2. Crisp and clean in bright white from Mi Casa
3. Complimenting a minimalist bedroom in Megan and Peter's Elysian Dream.
4. Complimenting a graphic look from Design Inside.
5. A neutral base for a colorful space from Aesthetic Oiseau.

BOTTOM ROW:
6. Open and airy from Design Inside Chicago.
7. Grounding a light, bright living room from Bride's via SF Girl by Bay.
8. Warming up a white space from Desire to Inspire.
9. In a bright living room from Bella's Brooklyn condo.
10. The curves of the Wassily echo the curves of the electrical conduit in this house by Guilherme Torres, via Let Me Be Inspired.

(Images: as linked above)

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