Wassili chair

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This startling 1926 photograph shows the B3 club chair, the Wassili chair by Marcel Breuer, named after Bauhaus professor Wassili Kandinsky. Both Breuer and Kandinsky were Bauhaus teachers. The chair was a product of functionalist thinking about design, inspired by Breuer’s bicycle.

The photograph was shot by Bauhaus student Erich Consemüller and shows a woman, who is either Bauhaus weaving graduate Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius, wife of Director Walter Gropius. She is wearing a skirt designed by Beyer and a theatre mask by Bauhaus teacher Oscar Schlemmer.

The poster celebrates the Bauhaus Dessau where all this happened.