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Wassily Chair

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Background

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, in Dessau, Germany. A champion of the modern movement and protégé of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer is equally celebrated for his achievements in architecture and furniture. While at the Bauhaus, Breuer revolutionized the modern interior with his tubular-steel furniture collection - inspired by bicycle construction and fabricated using the techniques of local plumbers. His first designs, including the Wassily, remain among the most identifiable icons of the modern furniture movement.

The Model

I once owned a Wassily Chair and while it's modern look may appear uncomfortable, I can attest that it is one of the most relaxing chairs to sit in. Inspired by nostalgia, I sought to recreate in my favorite medium, and LEGO parts and pieces perfectly fit the bill.

This model features 761 parts and is nearly 13 inches square, conforming as close as possible to the real chair proportions. While black is the modeled color, the Wassily comes in a variety of colors, including dark red, white, and sandal variations which are the most common.

With the exception of a Dark Bluish Gray color, these other real-to-life color variations cannot be modeled with existing color-locked pieces, namely due to the use of the large 8 x 16 tile/plaque pieces used on the seat panels.

Potential Enhancements

I could see numerous other modern designs accompanying this model, including a classic floor lamp, coffee table or other room decorations, perfect for display in an office or living room setting.

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