The Wassily Chair
The Wassily Chair
“The structure itself is an artwork”
Originally named the Model B-3 chair, the chair was renamed decades after its initial release. An Italian manufacturer, in the process of its re-release, learnt that legendary artist Wassily Kandinsky and Marcel Breuer were contemporaries at the same faculty of the Bauhaus during its design. Kardinsky was so enamoured by the design of Breuer’s chair, that Breuer felt obliged to gift him one. This anecdotal connection to artistic royalty proved too much for the marketing savvy Italians, and the rest is history.
The Wassily chair can be found in a number of museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
It also features on the cover of the book “Great Designs, the world’s best design explored and explained”.
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The seat, arms, and backrest seem to float in space. The design of the Wassily chair is such that the individual seated in the chair does not touch the tubular steel. This effect gives the feeling of being wrapped in comfort with a prime cantilevered seat at 20 degrees. The tubular steel and supple leather yield to the individual, producing an exceedingly pleasant experience.
Frame: Chrome plated tubular steel
Chair upholstery: top-grain Italian leather
Seat height: 42cm
Carrying weight: 120kg
Weight as shipped: 16kg
Leather: Occasionally remove dust from the leather with a damp, lint-free cloth. Small soiled spots can be gently removed with a colourless rubber (eraser). Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off with a little water. Once a year, the leather should be treated with a special leather care product, but never with any type of strong cleansing agent. Only use quality leather products which do not leave residue. Oily build-up on the leather makes it susceptible to bacteria, which can destroy the leather. Clean the stitching with a soft-bristle brush.
Make sure that your leather furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle. In addition, we recommend that leather surfaces are not permanently exposed to intense sunlight, because direct sunlight over an extended time period can diminish the quality of the leather.
Metal: Do not use an abrasive material on the metal. Clean the item with a mild detergent and water. Dilute in the mild detergent in water so it is not too harsh on the metal. You can dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in the solution or a non-abrasive pad and use it to scrub off any residue or dirt on the item. Scrub the item with a soft toothbrush or a non-abrasive pad. Dry any residual moisture with a soft, dry cloth.