Wassily Model B3 Club Chair

Wassily Model B3 Club Chair

ca. 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
Object
armchair
Medium
Chrome-plated tubular steel and leather
Accession Number
1970.191.2
Credit Line
Bequest of Myron B. Hochstetler

Marcel Breuer, Wassily Model B3 Club Chair, about 1925. Chrome-plated steel and leather; 28 1/2 x 30 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. Manufactured by Standard Möbel, Germany. Denver Art Museum: 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

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