Wassily Model B3 Club Chair
- Marcel Breuer, American, 1902-1981
- Born: Hungary
- Work Locations: New York, NY
- Standard Möbel, Est. 1926
- Work Locations: Berlin, Germany
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.
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?
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