A matching pair of the Iconic Cesca Style Chairs Originally designed by Marcel Breuer

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No description needed, touted as one of the “top 10 most important chairs of the 20th century”.

BUT if you don’t know about the Cesca Chair ..............

Marcel Breuer, the Hungarian designer of the cesca cane chair, is considered one of the fathers of modernism. During his career he was a modernist architect, teacher and furniture designer. With comfort in mind, he chose to use one continuous steel tube in a cantilever style. The chair, designed at the Bauhaus, was named “cesca “ as a tribute to Breuer’s adopted daughter, Francesca.

Marcel Breuer married traditional craftsmanship with industrial methods and materials to help make tubular steel furniture an international sensation and become a modern institution. The cantilever form exploits the possibilities unique to the material and gives the chair added flexibility and comfort. This iconic seat features woven cane inserts and a beech frame. Straight lines, curves and high quality materials are the features of the cesca chair; a timeless piece of 20th Century furniture intergrating perfectly with today’s retro mix and attracting collectors of mid century furniture. Very comfortable, thanks to the lightweight metal cantilever structure that make it flexible; a perfect desk or dining chair.

This style was sold in Habitat in the 1970s, although no markings they are recognisable and are shown in some of the brochures from that period. Parker Knoll also took on manufacturing these chairs and were proud enough to stamp their name on them. Even today, they are still being produced by other manufacturers; this is hardly surprising as this is one of the ten most important chairs of the twentieth century.

Long story short but this pair of chairs have had a bit of an overhaul. We have replaced both seat pads with new ones and the back rests have also been replaced but with previous used ones. The replacement of these is such that the colourings are not a perfect match, but are still a matching pair. The back is more golden in colour than the lighter natural beach colour on the seat pad. Over time the two will more than likely blend to the same. We quite like the pairing and most importantly they are now both in excellent vintage condition. The cantilever frame has been cleaned and polished and is in good order with only light surface scratches, the worst of the damage is to the underside of one chair (so not really visible) - this has been shown in our photos.

Approximate Measurements

Height 79cm
Width 47 cm
Depth 51 cm
Seat height 46cm

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