Furniture designer and architect Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) was born in Hungary. He studied and taught at the Bauhaus in Dessau. In 1925 while he was an apprentice at the Bauhaus he designed the Wassily Chair. Inspired by the handlebars of his bicycle he began to design furniture using tubular steel, the seamless manufacturing of which had only recently been invented by German steel manufacturer Mannesmann. Although not specifically designed for Wassily Kandinsky, he was always an admirer of the chair and Breuer made one for his office.
In its first production run in the late 1920s the chair was known as the Model B3 and was originally designed with fabric. Manufactured by Thonet the chair’s simplicity of design was so different that it failed to find favour with the public. Thonet ceased production of the chair during World War II.
In the 1960s Gavina of Bologna, Italy began to reproduce the chair but this time upholstered with leather and named The Wassily Chair. It was hugely successful. Gavina were eventually taken over by Knoll of New York who still produces the chair today.
The Wassily Chair received an Award of the Museum of Modern Art in 1968 and in 1982, it was recognized as a “Piece of Art,” in Germany.
It is a testament to the power of good design, a chair born of industrial evolution in the 1920s still looks as modern and innovative in the 21st Century as it did at the turn of the last………
Sunday, 21st October, 2012
At The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock, Dublin 18
Following the huge success of our April Interiors Auction, de Veres have announced the date of the next, for Sunday, 21st October. The first Interiors Auction was the first of its type to be staged in Ireland which saw over 300 lots of furniture and Fine Art from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries. Period furniture mixed with Contemporary designed pieces proved that old and new can be effectively combined in any interior.
Over 500 people viewed the auction, with 250 registered bidders resulting in a healthy 85% sales rate. Specifically designed ‘Room sets’ were built to showcase each lot, giving them the required space and setting. 18th Century Irish furniture, French Art Deco pieces, plus designer labels such as Poltrona Frau and Ligne Roset all faced stiff competition, proving that there exists a vibrant market for both modern and antique furniture, once they are of genuine quality, in excellent condition and realistically estimated.
We are pleased to announce the date for the second sale, to be held in the spacious modern setting at Leopardstown Racecourse. We are now accepting suitable items and will be travelling the country over the coming months sourcing lots. Whether it is a Georgian side table, an Art Deco Suite or an original Arne Jacobsen chair, we would be delighted to offer our advice and expert opinion on the best way of selling. What you will get is the best opportunity of achieving the highest price at auction for a work of quality.
For further details please contact Rory Guthrie at 01 6768300