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B3 chair (Wassily chair)

<i>B3</i> chair (<i>Wassily</i> chair)

born Hungary, active Europe and USA, 1902−1981

B3 chair (Wassily chair)

Manufactured by Knoll International, New York

Bent chromium-plated tubular steel and canvas, 1979

73.5 x 79 x 70 cm

Gift of the manufacturer

Accession number:

B79.0705

Arts/Design and Architecture

This modernist interpretation of the British club chair is the first chair to be produced in nickel-plated steel tubing; it was later issued in chrome. Breuer’s admiration of the tubular steel handlebars of his Adler bicycle inspired him to employ this readily available material in his designs. The innovative use of canvas and steel tubing indicated, in part, his desire to create affordable mass-produced furniture for modern living.

Exhibitions:

The Design and Architecture Collection, Selected Works, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 25/07/2010 - 31/12/2010