Wassily Chair Replica – Model Making

For model making, we’ve been set the task of creating two replicas of a randomly selected chair. Lucky for me (not) I managed to land myself the Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer (http://www.knoll.com/products/brochures/Wassily.pdf) which is made primarily out of metal tubing and leaves little leeway for mistakes as each bit of tube used has to be cut to the exact measurements and bent with near perfect precision.

The image below is of the first replica which is made out of plastic card and tubing. Although a bit off-balanced when standing, it went pretty well with the only real mistake made being that I put the outer frame on back to front meaning the front bar was slightly higher than it was meant to be. The tubing was bent with a heat gun and then plastic weld was used to melt the different sections together.

Rather unprofessional photograph of my Wassily replica

The next part of the project is to recreate this replica to the same scale (hopefully with the outer frame the right way round this time) but out of the original material used for the actual Wassily chair (metal tubing and leather straps).


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