The Wassily Chair was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925-26. While many believe that the chair (originally known as the Model B3 chair) was designed for painter Wassily Kandinsky, this is not the case. Although Breuer designed the chair during a period of time when Kandinsky was also in the Bauhaus, its design was not influenced by the painter. After the original chair was designed and fabricated, Kandinsky was known to have admired it, and Breuer fabricated a duplicate for Kandinsky’s quarters. The chair was originally manufactured in the 1920s by furniture company Thonet under the name Model B3. “Wassily Chair” was used as the official name for the chair after Gavina acquired the license to manufacture the chair. Today, the Wassily Chair is manufactured and sold by Knoll. The chair can be found with leather and canvas upholstery.
It should also be noted that the Wassily Chair’s use of tubular steel was very innovative and very influential in the furniture world.