Wassily lounge chair
The Wassily lounge chair designed by Marcel Breuer (currently produced by Knoll) crops up in Nine 1/2 Weeks and X-Men: First Class.
While an apprentice at the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer conceived this first tubular chair, which he based on the frame of a bicycle. The construction of leather strips suspended on steel tubes was the first chair of its kind, becoming immediately a symbol of modernism. Later named for the artist Wassily Kandinsky.
Two chairs were spotted today in the Alleyways Antiques* Center – part of the Art & Vintage Quarter on the St Michael’s Trading Estate in Bridport, Dorset, for £155 each. At that price we’re guessing they aren’t originals but the owner of this stall was not around to quiz. One way of checking if a newly produced chair is the real deal is by checking the base of the chairs which should have a KnollStudio logo and the signature of Breuer, Marcel are stamped into it.
You can find a newly manufactured original of this classic design produced to Breuer’s original spec from Skandium priced from £1,030.20 depending on colour or from Chaplins at £1,608.00
From the exquisite, to the bizarre, The Alleyways Bridport Antiques Centre has over 35 traders selling an eclectic mix of English and European artefacts from the 1700’s through to the swinging 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. A fascinating trip through time whether browsing or buying antique, reclaimed, classic and vintage furniture clothes and collectables can all be found.