Marcel Breuer designed the Cesca Stool in 1928 with the interest of comfort in mind. Like his progressive Wassily Chair (1925), the Cesca Stool is constructed of tubular steel. The chair was named "Cesca" as a tribute to his daughter Francesca and was never patented, explains a 1991 New York Times article. "While Breuer signed a contract with Knoll Group, his design has always been in the public domain," noted the group's vice president of design at the time.
The immediate impact of Marcel Breuer’s tubular steel designs became evident just a few years after his initial experiments with the material at the Bauhaus. By 1928, Standard Mobel was heavily marketing the attributes of Breuer’s chairs. Features such as cost, comfort, lightness, and durability were all included in ads by this company. The style aspect of these chairs must have been self-evident as the appeal of modernism was quickly taking root in Europe.
Tubular steel and modernism went hand-in-hand upon its introduction in the 1920s. Up until that time, Thonet’s bentwood chairs were favored by most architects as they were mass produced, visually transparent and had a modern appearance. Tubular steel would be significant as it had all of the characteristics that bentwood chairs had, but it was a material that did not refer to the past, but to the future.
Made in Italy.
Dimensions: Seat Height 24" or 29 1/4" D 20" W 18 1/2"
Materials: Steel tubular structure with polished chrome finish. Seat and back in fabric or leather with natural or black beech edge.
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