Marcel Breuer

Out of curiosity I acquired a set of two Marcel Breuer ‘Wassily Chairs’. 
(Wassily Chair, Circa 1925)

Once again a visit to an Op-Shop where I parted with $100 each, they were in fair condition and seemed to be good reproductions of the old design.

After living with the chair for several months I noticed that ergonomically these chairs were not very sound. The rake on the back and seat makes for an uncomfortable position on the neck, pushing my head forward in an unnatural way. Getting out of the chair was difficult and there were little alternative positions to sit in except for sitting totally sideways.

The Modern Movement was somewhat about making design a machine to be efficient and minimal. The Wassily Chair certainly looks beautiful but the reality leaves you wondering what the big deal was!

Marcel Breuer 1902-1981

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