Marcel Breuer was not the inventor of the cantilevered tubular steel chair. That credit goes to Mart Stam. He his, however, responsible for developing and refining the possibilities, of which his Cesca Armchair is one. The Cesca Chair is very simple in form; yet quite comfortable and exemplary in its use of the Bauhaus design philosophy. Bauhaus furniture design was based on the premise that it was necessary to develop new and radically different forms for the pieces of furniture that would be in the modern home. The cantilevered form shown here in steel, beech, and cane is now so familiar that it is hard to imagine the shock of seeing a chair without back legs, formed from a continuous loop of chrome-plated steel.
Marcel Breuer introduced his first cantilever chair in 1928. These initial cantilever chairs were similar to chairs introduced to Mart Stam a year earlier. The development of the Cesca chair (B32) was different. By using wood in the seat and the back, less tubular steel would have to be used. This early combination of wood and steel was unique. Caning the seat and the back would make reference to earlier Michael Thonet bentwood chairs that were still quite popular in the 1920s. The use of modern materials added an aesthetically pleasing accent to the chair.
Made In Italy.
Dimensions: H 31.5" D 21" W 23.5" SH 18" AH 27" (Seat: 18.5" W x 16.5" D)
Material: Steel tubular structure, chromium-plated or lacquered. Seat and back in inset natural cane with natural or black beech edge.
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