This week’s find is a made from genius, the tubular metal wonder “Wassily Chair” through Marcel Breuer. It is a part of the Mass Modern auction at the Wright on August eleven-12. Marcel Breuer is a Hungarian born architect and furniture clothier of the modernist Bauhaus motion. He turned into one of the protégés of the Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius and worked and taught along famous artists together with Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky at the Bauhaus school.
Influenced with the aid of the constructivist theories of the De Stijl movement and inspired by way of the body of the newly procured Adler bicycle, Breuer designed this chair in 1925.
Marcel Breuer is the primary dressmaker to use tubular metal in fixtures layout and revolutionize the production of furnishings forever. Steel tubing was first used for health facility fixtures as of about 1890, for automobile seats by means of Czech producer Tatra beginning in 1919, and for aircraft seats within the Fokker planes as of 1924. However, when Marcel Breuer designed his steel membership armchair, it turned into a cultured turning factor. Breuer later stated in a documentary of 1926, that with this chair, he wanted the sitter to experience like they are sitting on “springy columns of air”. Influenced by means of the constructivist theories of the De Stijl movement and stimulated via the frame of the newly procured Adler bicycle, Breuer designed this chair in 1925. In that identical 12 months – possibly an inevitable twist of fate of history, proving art history develops universally– well-known modernist fashion designer Le Corbusier provided a staircase made of tubular metal within the Pavillon de I’Esprit Nouveau in Paris, which was described to be constructed “like a bicycle frame.”
On the opposite to the popular perception, the chair was no longer made for the famous painter Wassily Kandinsky. However, when Kandinsky admired the layout, Breuer produced one for Kandinsky’s private room. When this anecdote became recognised many years later, the chair earned its call as “Wassily”.