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The Wassily Chair No B3 by Marcel Breuer

Designed by Enzo Mari


A chair is a piece of furniture for sitting, consisting of a seat, a back, and sometimes arm rests, commonly for use by one person. Chairs also often have legs to support the seat raised above the floor. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chair [Mar 2006]

Wassily Chair (1925)

The Model B3 chair, also known as the Wassily Chair, was designed by Marcel Breuer for the constructivist painter Wassily Kandinsky. Both of them were working at the Bauhaus School in Dessau at the time (1925).

This chair was revolutionary in the use of the materials (bent steel tubes and leather) and methods of manufacturing. It is said that Breuer's 'Adler' bicycle inspired him to use steel tubes to build the chair, and it proved to be a great material since it was available in great scale.

The Wassily chair, like many other designs of the modernist movement, was mass produced in the 1950s and 1960s, and as a design classic is still for sale today. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wassily_Chair [May 2005]

Tulip chair

Tulip chair (1956) - Eero-Saarinen, photo unidentified

Eero Saarinen (1910 - 1961)
Eero Saarinen (August 20, 1910, in Kirkkonummi, Finland September 1, 1961, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States) was a Finnish-American architect of the 20th century famous for his simple sweeping and arching shapes. He is often associated with the International style. He was the son of architect Eliel Saarinen and studied with his father at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He received a B.Arch. from Yale University in 1934. He also designed furniture. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eero_Saarinen [May 2005]

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Egg chair

Ovalia (1968) - Henrik Thor-Larsen

OVALIA was exhibited for the first time at the Scandinavian Furniture Fair in 1968 and was an immediate success. The chair was sold up to 1978 and was in demand throughout the world. It is just as contemporary today as it was then and is back in the spotlight for its relaunch. Apart from a few improvements, there have been no visible changes to the design.

OVALIA is a classic furniture design. A chair with a lot of attitude. Hollywood was well aware of this when it was decided to put Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in an OVALIA each for the launch of the films MEN IN BLACK I & II. --http://www.ovalia.com/eng_ovalia.htm [Jun 2005]

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