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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 1962. Knoll purchased the chair six years later and continues to manufacture it today.


And while the Cesca’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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Pair of Marcel Breuer Cesca B64 Chromed Lacquered Wood in Black, Italy, 1962
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Madrid, ES
Chairs, model Cesca, designed by Marcel Breuer. Manufactured in Italy around 1960 by Gavina manufacturer. Metal pipe frame, wood seat and back structure and rattan.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer Golden Beech Cesca B64 Chairs, Italy, 1980s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of four Cesca chairs model B64, made in Italy in the 1980s. Tubular structure in chromed steel, beech wood frames natural finish and Viennese natural grid. The grids on all four...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

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

Materials

Steel

Set of Four Marcel Breuer Cesca Chrome Dining Chairs in Pink Naugahyde, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Miami, FL
Marcel Breuer designed tubular chrome Cesca dining chairs upholstered in original dusty pink Naugahyde from the 1970s. Manufacturer unknown; made in Italy. See condition info.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

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

Materials

Steel

Set of four Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Chairs, Italy, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of four Cesca chairs, model B32, made in Italy in the 1970s. Very well preserved chromed tubular structure, black lacquered beechwood frames and natural Viennese grille. The gril...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B64 Cesca Chairs, Italy, 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of four Cesca chairs model B64, with armrests. Tubular steel chromed structure in very good condition. Beechwood frames lacquered in black and Viennese natural grid. Grids of the...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

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 Four Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Blonde Chairs, Italy 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of four Cesca chairs model B32, Italy in the 1970s. Chrome steel tubular structure. Blonde beech wood frames and Viennese natural grid. The grilles of the four seats have been r...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

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

Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs, Italy, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of six Cesca chairs, 4 model B32 and two model B64 (whit armest), made in Italy, early 1970s. Chrome tubular structure with wear areas at the bottom of some of them but in good c...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Chairs Chroimium Wood Straw of Vienna 1970s M. Breuer Gavina S.p.A.
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of chairs, chromium, wood loom, straw of Vienna.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Set of Four 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. Chrome tubular structure, beechwood frames lacquered in black and Viennese natural grid. Only slight flaw ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern 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

4 Vintage Cesca Thonet Dining Chairs 'B64' by Marcel Breuer, 1950s
By Thonet, Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Roma, IT
These Cesca Thonet dining chairs 'B64' is a midcentury design furniture manufactured in the 1950s-1960s designed by Marcel Breuer for Thonet Beautiful vintage set realized with stee...
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Chairs

Materials

Steel

Marcel Breuer Cesca Armchairs Italy
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of satin black wood armchairs with woven cane inserts sitting on bent chrome steel frames. A Classic design, the Cesca chair is in the International style made in Italy .
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Mid-20th Century Italian International Style Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Set of Four Kravet Light Velvet Cesca Bar Stools by Marcel Breuer
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
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

Materials

Chrome

Marcel Breuer Cesca Chair for Gavina, circa 1980
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Chair, model Cesca, designed by Marcel Breuer circa 1970, manufactured by Gavina. Metal pipe frame, wood seat and back structure and rattan. In good condition, with minor wear co...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Italian Modern Cesca Chair with Armrests by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1970s
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern Cesca chair with armrests by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1970s Cesca chair with armrests by Marcel Breuer, metal tube and structure in glossy black painted, back and se...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Chairs

Materials

Metal

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

Materials

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

Pair of Marcel Breuer B64 Design Cesca Chairs by Gavina, circa 1960
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Chairs, model Cesca, designed by Marcel Breuer. Manufactured in Italy around 1960 by Gavina manufacturer. Metal pipe frame, wood seat and back structure and rattan. In good or...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Golden Steel Cesca Chairs of Marcel Breuer, Italy, 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo.
Set of six Cesca B32 model chairs. Tubular brass structure, beech wood frames lacquered in black and Viennese natural grid. The grilles of the six seats are newly placed. The brass ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Original Gavina Set of six "Cesca" Chairs and Armchairs by M. Breuer, 1965
By Simon Gavina Editions, Marcel Breuer
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

Materials

Metal

Four Marcel Breuer Thonet B32 Bauhaus Classic 'Cesca' 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, most likel...
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Mid-20th Century American Bauhaus Side Chairs

Materials

Bentwood