Marcel Breuer"Are any ideas really new? Case in point: while Marcel Breuer's tubular steel chairs were a daring departure from traditional wood furniture, this ... Read More
This exact reproduction of the original 1925 Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair could easily be the last Wassily Chair you will ever have to buy. No dimension detail was overlooked. Like the original, this Wassily reproduction uses materials designed to exceed the structure demands of long term daily use such as the 3mm thick steel frame, 6mm thick pure cowhide leather and high strength load bearing bolts. Faithfully reproducing this iconic design means including all features of the original, some of which provide durability, some are appearance related and others act as both. Double line horizontal reinforced stitching is placed on the side strap, arm strap and leather platform at the wrap around stress points just like the original. Like the original the frame bolts are flush to the frame versus the commonly used round closed end nut heads which protrude the frame at the meeting place of the joints.
- 6MM (1/4″) Thick Bonded 100% Cowhide Leather. True to the original design
- True to the original, detail Body Line 1/16th” Saddle Stitch
- True to the original, 2 individual horizontal stitch lines at all side straps, arm straps, back straps & seat bar wrap stress points (see images)
- 3MM (1/8″) thick side wall, heavy duty seam-less tubular steel frame
- UV light heat cured & polished chrome steel tube finish resists chipping
- Based on the original design pitch, the seat platform tilts at a backward angle of 20 degrees.
- Countersunk weight load high strength bolts connect the tubular frames at all original design appropriate points (see images)
- 100% Saddle Grade Nylon Thread used on all stitching provides durability and original design accuracy
- Complete with 4 plastic floor protectors. 2 on rear, 2 on front rail.
- Overall Chair Dimensions: 31.1″ Width x 29.9″ Depth x 29.9″ Height
- Seat Height: from ground to front edge – 17”
- Seat Height: From ground to rear edge – 12.75″
- Arm Height: From Ground to Arm rest – 23″
- Actual Seat dimensions: Length 23.75″ x Width 16.75″
- Below Arm “Side Strap” Dimension: Length 26.5” x Width “3″
- Arm Strap Dimension: Length 23.5′ x Width 3”
- Upper Back Strap Dimension: Length 31″ x Width 4”
- Lower Back Strap Dimension: Length 31″ x Width 4″
This is a reproduction true to the original in design that is built to functionally endure time.
Genuine Imported Leathers
In order to distinguish Rove's line of genuine imported full leathers from generic leathers offered elsewhere that make similar claims of quality, we highly encourage you to request free swatches from each store and compare them side by side!
We are confident you will see the difference our quality makes. Rove products are designed to last for years thus it is only fitting that great attention is owed to the material and craftsmanship of each piece.
A rarity in furniture, Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair continues to push the boundaries of the design status quo, despite having its origins in the 1920’s. Breuer was a master of modernism, leading the way with his structural clarity and technical innovation.
The Wassily Chair was revolutionary in its use of materials. Manufacturers had only just perfected a process for crafting stainless steel tubing without seams – a development that was absolutely necessary to provide strength and style to Breuer’s chair. These features have been upheld in this exacting reproduction.
The contrast between the simple structure and complex manifestation of the Wassily Chair has placed it in its rightful place as the centrepiece inside design museums and innumerable contemporary homes and offices. Available in black or white, this chair will provide an eye-catching and original piece for any space.
"Are any ideas really new? Case in point: while Marcel Breuer's tubular steel chairs were a daring departure from traditional wood furniture, this "radical" idea was sparked by Breuer's familiar bicycle handlebars. "Mass production," he said, "...made me interested in polished metal, in shiny and impeccable lines in space, as new components of our interiors. I considered such polished and curved lines not only symbolic of our modern technology but actually to be technology." Drawing upon this image of "shiny and impeccable lines in space" Breuer designed his famous Wassilly chair in 1927 for Wassilly Kandinsky while both were in residence at the Bauhaus. Breuer subsequently designed a range of tubular metal furniture that had singular advantages - affordability, hygiene and an inherent resilience. Breuer considered his designs essential for modern living. Breuer's next breakthrough was his design of the cantilevered chair. While Mart Stam and Mies van der Rohe had created cantilevered chairs using steel tubes, they were rigid and awkward in use in their first edition. Breuer's brilliant insight was to use non-reinforced steel tubing, thereby creating a free-swinging chair that approached his de-materialist ideal of "sitting on columns of air." The cantilevered chair was his greatest commercial success and its design continued to evolve: the frame became lighter, the seat and back more pliant, the lines softer. In 1928, Breuer left the Bauhaus and moved to Berlin and then to England in 1935 when the Nazis made it impossible for anyone who had been a part of the Bauhaus - a "hotbed of Bolshevism" - to practice architecture. In 1937, he joined Walter Gropius in his architectural practice and also at Harvard as a professor. Breuer moved to New York in 1946 to found his own architectural firm, and like Corbusier, chose concrete as his medium of choice. He used concrete in his design of the Whitney Museum of Art.
31.1" x 29.9" x 29.9"
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