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Cesca Chair

About the Design

Ubiquitous but never boring, the Cesca chair has defined casual elegance in the dining room since 1928. Designed by Marcel Breuer (1902–81) for the Austrian furniture maker Gebrüder Thonet, the Cesca chair combines natural beechwood caning and modern tubular steel for a sensibility that celebrates both handicraft and industrialization. It’s a paragon of Bauhaus design, embodying the school’s “truth to materials” philosophy and adhering to the movement’s emphasis on mass production. In fact, the Cesca chair was the first-ever tubular steel frame chair with a caned seat to be mass produced — a breakthrough for furniture design.

Breuer got his start in architecture after dropping out of the painting program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He began apprenticing with a Viennese architect and went on to join the Bauhaus movement in 1921, when he was just 19 years old, eventually becoming a master carpenter at the German arts school. While there, Breuer designed furniture for Sommerfeld House in Berlin, industrialist Adolf Sommerfeld’s private residence, which was conceived by architects Walter Gropius (the Bauhaus school’s founder) and Adolf Meyer. Not long afterward, Breuer’s experiments with tubular steel would yield his Wassily chair, named for his friend, painter and Bauhaus professor Wassily Kandinsky, as well as the Cesca.

Originally called the B32, Breuer renamed the chair in honor of his daughter, Francesca, when Italian manufacturer Gavina began producing it in the early 1960s. Knoll introduced the chair when it acquired Gavina in 1968 and continues to manufacture it today.

And while the Cesca chair’s silhouette has remained the same throughout the decades, Breuer himself later made minor modifications, including the implementation of a shallower curve to the back and the addition of a second piece of steel for the frame to account for both comfort and durability. With the Cesca’s cantilevered construction, Breuer’s design transcended that of the traditional four-legged dining chair, pushing the boundaries of what “everyday” could mean in furniture.

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Marcel Breuer S64 Armchairs
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Den Haag, NL
White S64 cantilever armchair Model Cesca Cane seating and backrest. 1970s Italy. Good condition. Normal wear and tear.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Armchairs

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Cane

Mid-Century Modern Chrome and Walnut Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer, Italy, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of four Cesca B64 model chairs, with armrests. Chromed tubular frame, walnut-colored beech wood frames and natural Viennese grating. Good general condition. The seats have been...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Set of Four Black Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Chairs, Italy 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of four Cesca chairs, model B32, manufactured in Italy in the 1970s. Black lacquered tubular structure, beech wood frames lacquered in black and Viennese natural grid. The gril...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Set of Four Breuer Chairs by Stendig
By Stendig Co., Marcel Breuer
Located in New York, NY
Set of Breuer designed armchairs, manufactured by Stendig, circa 1970's. Nice original condition, clean and ready to use, showing only normal cosmetic wear, normal and consistent wit...
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Vintage 1970s German Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Chairs, Italy, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of six Cesca chairs, model B32, made in Italy in the 1970s. Black lacquered beech wood frames and Viennese natural grid. The grills of the six seats and backs have been put new. ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Brass Chairs, Italy, 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of six Cesca chairs model B32, Italy from the 70s. Tubular structure in brass steel. Beech wood frames and natural Viennese grating. Grilles in good condition. All the seat gril...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Original Gavina Set of Six "Cesca" Chairs, by M. Breuer, 1970
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in Ceglie Messapica, IT
Set of six chairs, model Cesca, designed by Marcel Breuer circa 1960, by Gavina manufacturer. Metal pipe frame, wood seat and back structure and rattan. In very good condition, ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Set of 4 Mid Century Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Pasadena, TX
Marcel Lajos Breuer was born in Pécs, Hungary in 1902, and became one of the greatest architects and furniture designers of the 20th century. Marcel Breuer Cesca black armchairs ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cane

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Cidue Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Chairs, Italy
By Marcel Breuer, Cidue
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of four Cesca chairs, model B32, manufactured by Cidue, Italy in the 1970s. Chrome tubular structure in very good condition. Beech wood frames lacquered in black and Viennese n...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome, Steel

Set of Four Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs by Gavina, circa 1970
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of four armchairs, model Cesca, designed by Marcel Breuer. Manufactured by Gavina, circa 1970. Metal pipe frame, seat and back with new upholstery added later. Originally wa...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Steel

Four Early Marcel Breuer Thonet B32 Bauhaus Classic Chairs
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Sharon, CT
Purchased from the Vera Neumann estate, these chairs are from the Croton-On-Hudson, NY house that Marcel Breuer built for the Neumann's in 1953. These B32's are pre Knoll ( called"Ce...
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Mid-20th Century American Bauhaus Side Chairs

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Bentwood

1960s Breuer for Gavina Cane Seat Tubular Steel Cesca 4 Chairs 2 Armchairs
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Milano, IT
Designed in 1928, Marcel Breuer’s Cesca chair is a symbol of traditional craftsmanship mixed with Industrial methods and materials to help spreading tubular steel furniture. These ch...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Chairs

Materials

Steel

1960s Breuer for Gavina Cane Seat Tubular Steel Cesca Two Armchairs
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Milano, IT
Designed in 1928, Marcel Breuer’s Cesca chair is a symbol of traditional craftsmanship mixed with industrial methods and materials to help spreading tubular steel furniture. These ch...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Chairs

Materials

Steel

Four 1970s Matteo Grassi MG5 Marcel Breuer Cognac Brown Leather Armchairs 4
By Marcel Breuer, Matteo Grassi
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this sublime suite of original fully stamped Matteo Grassi MG5 circa 1970 cognac brown leather armchairs designed by the genius that was Marcel Bre...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather

Mid-Century Modern B64 Cesca Chair with Arms by Marcel Breuer, Italy, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Malaga, ES
Chair model Cesca B64, with armrests. Chromed tubular structure, beechwood frames in black color and Viennese natural grid. Excellent condition in general both of the wooden frames, ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Armchairs

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Italian Set of Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Prato, IT
Set of 4 Marcel Breuer Cesca side chairs with black finish. Cane seats and backs. Classic chrome cantilever frames. The straw of the seats has been renewed while the one on the back...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

1970s Set of Italian Bamboo and Crystal Table with Four Cesca Chairs
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Malaga, ES
1970s set of Italian bamboo and crystal table with four Cesca chairs. Armchairs measurements: 81 x 61 x 56cm Table measurements: 74 x 130cm.
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Late 20th Century Italian Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Pair of Marcel Breuer Cesca Armchairs, circa 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of two chairs, model Cesca, designed by Marcel Breuer. By unknown manufacturer, circa 1970. (Germany) Metal pipe frame, wood seat and back structure and rattan. In good co...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B64 Cesca Chairs, Italy, 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of two Cesca chairs model B64, with armrests. Tubular steel chromed structure, beechwood and Viennese natural grid. Chrome tubular structure with wear areas at the bottom of so...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Bauhaus Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs for Knoll Production, 8 Chairs Available
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Milano, IT
Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs for Knoll Production, 8 chairs available. Cesca chair model n B 32, was designed in 1928 by Marcel Breuer, using tubular steel according to the Bauhaus id...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of Four Kravet Light Velvet Cesca Bar Stools by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
Located in Houston, TX
Fantastic set of four tall bar stools on cantilever chrome bases. The set of Cesca stools have been refurbished and reupholstered with Kravet Crypton light velvet. The Cesca chair wa...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Chrome

1930s Cesca Armchair by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A minimal Cesca armchair designed by Marcel Breuer featuring caned seat and back on a cantilevered tubular chrome frame. Originally from the Levy House in Princeton, NJ, designed by ...
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Vintage 1930s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Italian Set of 4 Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Prato, IT
Mid-Century Modern Italian set of 4 gilt metal wooden "Cesca" chairs with Vienna straw by Marcel Breuer from 1970s. The chairs could be sold as a dining room set with a table with o...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Original Gavina Set of six "Cesca" Chairs and Armchairs by M. Breuer, 1965
By Marcel Breuer, Simon Gavina Editions
Located in Sacile, PN
Four Cesca chairs and two armchairs designed by Marcel Breuer for Gavina dated circa 1965 (the project was created in 1928). All with new seats "Vienna" strow.   
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Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Chairs

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Metal