An iconic dining chair gets elevated - quite literally!
Inspired by the original Marcel Breuer design, the Cesca was originally designed in 1928, after Breuer had perfected his personal style in the Bauhaus carpentry workshop. Revived in the 1970s, the design is eternally iconic.
Fashioned from cane webbing, wood and tubular steel, this revolutionary cantilevered bar stool mixes the industrial with the organic. It takes its name from the original designer’s adopted daughter, who was nicknamed ‘Cheska.’
This pair are in great vintage condition and were acquired from the original purchaser! The beech wood frames on the back rest and seat pad do shown signs of light use but the cane work is still in good taut condition, with minimal sagging. At some point one of the back rests has been replaced and if you look closely you will notice a slight squaring of the wood rather than the original more rounded shape.
The chrome cantilever frames have been cleaned and polished, showing only light surface scratches and some dulling in places of more use.
Providing both flexibility and comfort without the need for four rigid legs, these iconic cantilever bar stools are sure to bring that mid century modern vibe to your interior and could be used in the kitchen, office, home bar or commercial space.
Height 98 cm
Seat height 69 cm
Width 43 cm
Depth 48 cm
Check out our other listings of Cesca Style Chairs and availability - always happy to discount on multiple purchases!
A bit about the Cesca Chair and it’s designer ..............
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 metal cantilever structure that make it flexible.
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 designs of the twentieth century.
Please bear in mind that all our vintage and retro items have had a life before you purchase them (sometimes quite a long one!) therefore they will show signs of wear and use, these may include knocks, dents and scratches, bumps and scuffs which are commensurate with age and previous use. We never sell items that we wouldn’t be happy to have in our own homes and provide images detailing any significant damage or unusual wear. Please carefully read the details and examine the images prior to purchase. All our items have been thoroughly cleaned and de-greased, re-oiled and polished (where necessary) and are fit for purpose. If you’re unsure, or would like some more information, please contact us, we’re always happy to help.
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