The Wassily Chair
The Wassily Chair, also known as the Model B3 chair, was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925-1926 while he was the head of the cabinet-making workshop at the Bauhaus. Despite popular belief, the chair was not designed for the painter Wassily Kandinsky, who was concurrently on the Bauhaus faculty.
The chair later known as the "Wassily" was first manufactured in the late 1920s. It was first available in both a folding and a non-folding versions. In this early iteration, the straps were made of fabric, pulled taut on the reverse side with the use of springs. Black and white fabric were available, as well as a popular wire-mesh fabric version.
This chair was revolutionary in the use of the materials (bent tubular steel and canvas) and methods of manufacturing. It is said that the handlebar of Breuer's 'Adler' bicycle inspired him to use steel tubing to build the chair, and it proved to be an appropriate material because it was available in quantity.
The Wassily chair, like many other designs of the modernis movement, has been mass-produced since the late 1920s, and continuously in production since the 1950s. A design classic is still available today.