Wassily Model B3 Club Chair

Wassily Model B3 Club Chair

1925
Designer
Marcel Breuer, American, 1902-1981
Born: Hungary
Work Locations: New York, NY
Manufacturer
Standard Möbel, Est. 1926
Work Locations: Berlin, Germany
Country
Germany
armchair
Chrome-plated tubular steel and leather upholstery
Bequest of Myron B. Hochstetler
1970.191.2
Marcel Breuer (American). Wassily Model B3 Club Chair. 1925. Chrome-plated tubular steel and leather upholstery. Bequest of Myron B. Hochstetler. 1970.191.2.
Dimensions
height: 28.5 in, 72.3900 cm; width: 30.5 in, 77.4700 cm; depth: 25.5 in, 64.7700 cm
Department
Architecture and Design
Collection
Architecture and Design

Marcel Breuer
American, born Hungary, 1902–81
Wassily Chair
About 1925
Chrome-plated steel and leather
Manufactured by Standard Möbel, Germany
Bequest of Myron B. Hochstetler, 1970.191.2

While teaching at the Bauhaus, a design and fine arts school in Dessau, Germany, Marcel Breuer often rode a bicycle, a pastime that led him to what is one of the most important innovations in furniture design in the early twentieth century: the use of tubular steel. The tubular steel of his bicycle’s handlebars was strong and lightweight and lent itself to mass production. Breuer reasoned that if it could be bent into handlebars, why then could it not be used for furniture?

Known Provenance
Bequeathed 1970 from Myron B. Hochstetler to the Denver Art Museum.
Exhibition History
  • "What Is Modern?" — Denver Art Museum, 10/30/2010 - 3/24/2013