Friday, 30 April 2010

IDC History Class - Wassily Chair

The Wassily Chair, also known as the Model B3 chair, was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925-26 while he was the head of the cabinet-making workshop at the Bauhaus, in Dessau, Germany.

Despite popular belief, the chair was not designed for the non-objective painter Wassily Kandinsky, who was concurrently on the Bauhaus faculty.

However, Kandinsky had admired the completed design, and Breuer fabricated a duplicate for Kandinsky's personal quarters.

The chair became known as "Wassily" decades later, when it was re-released by an Italian manufacturer named Gavina who had learned of the anecdotal Kandinsky connection in the course of its research on the chair's origins.

A design classic, it is still available today.

Though patent designs are expired, the trademark name rights to the design are owned by Knoll of New York City.

Reproductions are produced around the world by other manufacturers, who market the product under different names.

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