Marcel Breuer designed The Cesca Chair in 1928 with the interest of comfort in mind. Like his progressive Wassily Chair (1925), the Cesca Chair is constructed with tubular steel. He chose to use one continuous steel tube in a cantilever style, a style that many designers at the time were using, including Mart Stam and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. With comfort in mind he rounded the front edge of the seat so as not to cut into the sitter's legs. Breuer's version with a beech wood seat and back was nevertheless a good solution to the structural stiffness of a cantilever frame.
The chair was named "Cesca" as a tribute to his daughter Francesca. The Cesca was never patented, notes a 1991 New York Times article. "While Breuer signed a contract with Knoll Group, his design has always been in the public domain," said the group's vice president of design at the time.
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 32 3/4" D 20 3/4" W 24" SH 18 1/4" AH 27 1/2" (Seat: 18.5" W x 16.5" D)
Material: Steel tubular structure with polished tubular chrome. Seat and back in fabric or leather with natural or black beech edge.
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