Marcel Breuer Chair – The Wasilly Chair

I was in IKEA recently (yes, the second time in 2 weeks..) looking for a new desk chair amoungst other things (bookshelf, desk lamp, bath mat, you know, the usual)

I’d just sat on my what felt like 20th chair.. testing for back support, neck support, tilt, rotation, etc.. there’s a lot to think about when it comes to buying a chair.

It got me thinking of the thousands of differnet chairs out there and, perhaps a few blog posts on the more famous out there would make for good reading..

So, first under the microscop is, the Wassily Chair (Or model B3)


by designer Marcel Breuer –

“my most extreme work . . . the least artistic, the most logical, the least ‘cozy’ and the most mechanical.”

The chair was designed between 1925 and 1926 whilst Breuer was working as the head of a cabinet-making workshop (yeah I don’t get it either..) at the Bahaus.

Breuer worked as an architect, teacher and furniture designer, though it is certainly safe to say that it is the model B3 that he is referenced to, despite a number of famous works.

Although not made specifically for the painter, Wassily Kandinsky (one of my favourite painters, he even did my desktop background for me..) a replica was created for his private quarters and the chair was then coined the “wassily chair.”

The inspiration behind the lightweight steel tubing?
Well, Breuer was apparently an avid biker, he would ride his bicycle daily; noticing the strong, but lightweight handlebars and frame of his bike.

If it could make for good handlebars, then why not furniture?

The frame of the chair is in fact the same as say a stuffed club armchair but instead, has been stripped to it’s simple frame and draped together with simple black leather. Against the gleaming steel tubing it represents much of the modernist movement.

MOMA chairs 1x

Like everything, the chair gone through, sadly, a mass reproduce — every man and his dog is now making a Wasilly chair.

Want one?
Try here… there is a Wassilly chair for every budget.

A whole research article could be devoted to “choosing the right Wassilly chair for you”

The chair is now part of the permanent collection at the MOMA.

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  1. Daniel says:

    Why would anyone buy an uncomfortable chair like that?

    If you want a chair, get something big and squishy and comfy…and leather.

  2. matt says:

    uncomfortable! sit on one first mate!
    more comfortable than it looks-back angle to base angles are perfect.
    its just a pity they don’t recline so you can put ya feet up.
    then again buy a le corbusier chaise so you can kick back!
    for me i love ‘em, my kids love ‘em. my wife dislikes them-she is outvoted

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  5. ccharette says:

    Comment for Daniel:
    This is one of the major design of Marcel Breuer, and his design are Museums pieces as you said. Even if you don’t like it, you would be surprised how well it fits, and you get one because it is one of the must have.
    Go to a library and get some books about design, the Bauhaus and furniture please.

    NB Just a little comment, for sure a keyboard mistake: it is Bauhaus not Bahaus.

  6. Anthea says:

    The Wasilly chair is actually quite a spectacular design for its era and technology, and Marcel Breuer would be quite disappointed if you found it incredibly uncomfortable. Part of his philosophy of design is for unity in aesthetics and practicality, and whilst it may not be “cozy” as he said the impact of such a dramatical material advance is still seen to this day. Its known by more as well than a “big and squishy and comfy” couch as well :)

  7. Deb says:

    My father, an art collector, has a Wassily chair and it is not the most comfortable chair in the house, but not the most uncomfortable chair I’ve ever sat in, either.

    It is definitely cool-looking and was great when I visited. At the time he had bed bugs….it was the only chair in the house that they couldn’t climb or crawl on…the little vampires can’t climb up that chrome!

  8. [...] Wassily Chair (B3 Club Chair) Designed by Marcel Breuer (1925) [online image]. Available from World Wide Web: <; [...]

  9. [...] Coming in at the top, although in no particular order, is 1.) Theodor Bogler with one of his classic teapots from 1923. Glazed- metallic earthenware, Manufactured by Bauhaus Ceramic Workshops, Weimar, Germany, image with thanks to MOMA, 2.) Josef Albers’ nesting tables, 1926. Materials: frame solid oak, table tops lacquered acrylic glass. Manufacturer: Vitra, image with thanks to Bonluxat, 3.) Table Lamp Nr. 934 by Heinrich Siegfried Bormann, design for the Kandem tubular steel table lamp, image with thanks to the Grassi Museum, 4.) Marianne Brandt’s ashtray for Alessi, available in stainless steel (69€) or brass (75€), image with thanks to Connox, 5.) Anni Albers fabric by Knoll Textiles, from 1951, image with thanks to The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, 6.) Coffee Table by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1927, dimensions: 71 x 52.5, Base in chromium-plated tubular steel. 15 mm glass top. image with thanks to Steeldomus 7.) the Wassily Chair (or Model B3) by designer Marcel Breuer, Dimensions: 79cm w x 70cm d x 72cm h, image with thanks to Design Tavern [...]

  10. [...] him, I read classic interiors books like Conran’s Bed and Bath Book.  I took in the look of Wassily chairs that he had (I think produced by Habitat) – and sat in them [...]

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