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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 original 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 for Gavina Set of Four Cesca Chairs, Italy 1970s
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Naples, IT
Group of four chairs Mod. Cesca by Marcel Lajos Breuer for Gavina - Italy - with original label. Walnut backrest, chromed steel tubular frame and Vienna straw. Breuer's Cesca chair h...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Marcel Breuer for Gavina Set of 6 "Cesca" Chairs, Italy 1960s
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Naples, IT
Set of 6 Cesca chairs designed by Marcel Breuer, produced by Gavina in 1960. The chairs show slight signs of wear, the seats are original Vienna straw. The combination of Vienna stra...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Four Vintage 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 four original fully stamped Matteo Grassi MG5 circa 1970 whisky brown leather armchairs designed by...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Cesca Chairs with Black Frames by Marcel Breuer attr. to Gavina, Italy 1960s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Beograd, RS
This listing features very well known chairs - Cesca Chair by Marcel Breuer. Manufacturing of the chairs is attr. to Gavina. Marcel Breuer was an architect who worked in Bauahus Sch...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Mid Century Modern Cesca Chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
Set of 22 dining Cesca chairs designed by Marcel Breuer in 1928 and produced since that year till today. At the moment Knoll have the rights to do it. Chrome plated tubular frame, se...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Four (4) NIB Cesca Bar Stools Marcel Breuer Knoll Chromed Steel Upholstery
By Marcel Breuer, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
At the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer married traditional craftsmanship with industrial methods and materials to help make tubular steel furniture an international sensation and a modern institution. Marcel Breuer was also the designer of the iconic Wassily chair and the Breuer Building, which now houses the Whitney Museum of American Art in the heart of NYC. This brand new set is in the super elegant "Caviar Hourglass" upholstery, and have never been used. These chairs are new in box, and have been priced near the first-party Knoll price. However, we can offer discounted and faster shipping, and are willing to reasonably negotiate. At this time, we have a total of 8 stools...
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2010s American Bauhaus Stools

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Steel, Chrome

Set of Four Cesca Chairs Made in Italy Designed by Breuer c. 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional set of four Cesca chairs, originally designed by Marcel Breuer circa 1920’s, these are later vintage examples, made in Italy circa 1970’s. The chairs are newly reuphols...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

SIX RESTORED ViNTAGE BROWN LEATHER MARCEL BREUER B34 FASEM DINING ARMCHAIRS 6
By Fasem International, Marcel Breuer
Located in GB
Royal House Antiques Royal House Antiques is delighted to offer for sale this one of a kind suite of six, fully restored, Marcel Breuer, Fasem, B34 armchairs in hand dyed brown leat...
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20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Group of 3 Chairs Gavina Cesca Wood, Italy, 1960s
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Milano, IT
Group of 3 chairs; tubular in chromed metal, seat and back with painted wooden frame and Vienna straw.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Set of 6 Cesca B 32 Marcel Breuer Gavina 1960
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Arezzo, Italy
Set of 6 Cesca chairs designed by Marcel Breuer, produced by Gavina 1960. The chairs show slight signs of wear, seats restored. The meeting between Vienna straw and metal tubular, tradition and innovation, Thonet and Bauhaus, is what characterizes the legendary B32 chair, called Cesca, designed by Marcel Lajos Breuer...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Sedie 'Cesca' di Marcel Breuer per Gavina Anni 60-70
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Milano, IT
Coppia di sedie in metallo cromato; seduta e schienale con telaio in legno di faggio naturale e paglia di Vienna. Buone condizioni
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Marcel Breuer Cesca B32 cantilever Dining Chairs Italy
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Den Haag, NL
Set of four iconic Chairs. model b32 by Marcel Breuer in white Tube frame Beechwood seats .Wicker Signed Made in Italy 67 .
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Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

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Wicker

2 x original Bauhaus Armchair, B64 by Marcel Breuer for Thonet 1930 (Cescachair)
By Thonet, Marcel Breuer
Located in Wien, AT
Objekt: 2 x Stahlrohr Freischwinger Entwurf: Marcel Breuer (Bauhaus Dessau, 1928) Modell-Nummer: B64 Ausführung: Thonet (Frankenberg, um 1930) Maße in cm (H x B x T): 79 x 59 x 59 Ma...
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Vintage 1930s German Bauhaus Armchairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Marcel Breuer Made In Italy B64 Cesca Dining Room Arm Chair, 1970s, Set of 4
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Vicenza, IT
Beautiful set of four B64 “Cesca” dining chairs made in Italy in the 1970s. Cesca chairs were initially designed in 1928 by French Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer and named after h...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome, Iron

Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs Mid Century Set of 4
By Marcel Breuer
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Mid Century 1970s Marcel Breuer Cesca Side Chairs or Dining Chairs. Cane seats and backs. Chrome cantilever frames. We polish all chrome. Set of 4 Complimentary delivery is ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Pair of Wood Upholstery and Nickel Cesca Armchairs Chairs, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Bochum, NRW
A pair of unusual Cesca chairs. Nickel frames with Wood and nice fabric upholstery seats and backs. Perfect to complete a dining set or use as desk or lounge chairs. Iconic design, the Cesca...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Bauhaus Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Mid Century Modern B64 Black and Beech Marcel Breuer Cesca Chair Italy 70s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Cesca chairs, model B64 whit arms. Tubular structure in black lacquered steel in excellent condition. Beech wood frames and Viennese natural grid. Grids of the seat have been put new...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Marcel Breuer B64 Cesca Dining Room Arm Chair for Gavina Knoll, 1968, Set of 6
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Vicenza, IT
Beautiful set of 6 original B64 “Cesca” dining chairs produced by Gavina in 1968. Cesca chairs were originally designed in 1928 by French Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer and named ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome, Iron

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B32 Blonde Cesca Chairs, Italy 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Set of two Cesca chairs model B32. Tubular steel chromed structure, beechwood and Viennese natural grid. Chrome tubular structure is in good condition. Grids of the two seats have b...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern B64 Cesca Chair with Arms by Marcel Breuer, Italy, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Marbella, 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

Set of 2 Chairs Cesca, Marcel Breuer, Gavina, 1970
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Set of 2 Chairs Cesca, Marcel Breuer, Gavina, 1970. The Set of 2 Cesca Chairs, designed by Marcel Breuer in 1970 for Gavina, epitomizes modernist elegan...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair of Mid-1970s Marcel Breuer Cesca Arm Chairs
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Mid century modern pair of Marcel Breuer Cesca Arm Chairs, mid-1970s, Italian. These have had only one owner. They lack the foot pads & are upholstered in rough woven period style fa...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel, Chrome

Cesca Chair by Marcel Breuer for Thonet, Germany, 1990s
By Thonet, Marcel Breuer
Located in Antwerp, BE
Cesca armchair model S64 by Marcel Breuer for Thonet, crafted in 1992. The frame, meticulously constructed from tubular chrome steel, exudes modern elegance, while the distinctive ra...
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1990s German Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Italian mid-century modern Chair with armrests by Marcel Breuer for Gavina 1960s
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century modern Chair with armrests by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1960s Chair with armrests mod. Cesca. The seat and back are in light Vienna straw with black painted woode...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Chair, Italy 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Set of two Cesca chairs, model B32, made in Italy in the 1970s. Black lacquered beech wood frames and Viennese natural grid. The grill seat have been put new. Very good general con...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

'S32' Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer and Gavina
By Marcel Breuer
Located in London, England
Height: 78cm Width: 46cm Depth: 56cm Seat Height: 46cm Designer: Marcel Breuer Manufacturer: Gavina, Italy Date: 1970s Materials: Beech, steel, cane Description: Manufactured for Gavina and made from chromed metal, wood, rattan. Manufacturing label present. Restored by Golborne 44...
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Vintage 1970s European Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Black Dining Chair "Cesca" B32 by Marcel Breuer for Fasem, Italy, 1970
By Fasem International, Marcel Breuer
Located in DE MEERN, NL
Black dining chair "Cesca" B32 by Marcel Breuer for Fasem, Italy, 1970s Introducing the iconic "Cesca" B32 dining chair by Marcel Breuer, expertly crafted by Italian brand Fasem in the 1970s. This Classic chair has remained a favorite among interior designers and design enthusiasts alike, thanks to its timeless elegance and unparalleled comfort. Marcel Breuer, the renowned Bauhaus designer, revolutionized the world of furniture design with his innovative use of materials and avant-garde approach. The Cesca...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Bauhaus B33 Dining Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, Italy 60s, Set of 4
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Lucija, SI
Set of 4 chairs B33 designed by Marcel Breuer in dark brown leather. Produced by Gavina in the 60s. They are in good vintage condition with minor traces of age, as visible on photos.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Bauhaus Dining Room Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

1970s Gavina Italy Chair "Cesca" by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Biella, IT
Gavina production Italy chair "cesca" by Marcel Breuer design years '70, signed label.  
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Metal

Pair Of Vintage Marcel Breuer Cesca Carver Chairs In Black, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in London, GB
Pair of vintage square back Marcel Breuer Cesca carver chairs with characterful patina to the frames. Perfect to complete a dining set or use as desk or lounge chairs.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Rattan, Beech

Set of 2 Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 2 dining chair Cane Cesca ! stunning The Cesca chair was a chair design in 1928 by Marcel Breuer, using tubular steel. It was named Cesca as a tribute to Breuer’s adopted d...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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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...
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Vintage 1930s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Metal

Italian mid-century Chair with armrests Cesca by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1960s
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century modern Chair with armrests Cesca by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1960s Iconic and vintage chair with armrests mod. Cesca with seat and backrest in Vienna dark straw ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Set di 4 sedie Cesca B32 anni '70 marchiate Gavina
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in SAN PIETRO MOSEZZO, NO
Set di 4 sedie Cesca B32 progettate da Marcel Breuer nel 1928 e qui riprodotte negli anni '70 da Gavina. Struttura in tubolare d'acciaio cromato nella configurazione a "cantilever" c...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Straw, Beech

Set of Two Mid Century Modern B64 Breuer Cesca Chairs Amchairs Italy
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Beautiful and iconic set of two Cesca chairs, model B64, edition with armrests, made in Italy in the 70s. Chromed tubular structure with worn areas but in good condition. The backres...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Pair of white Italian Cesca chairs, designed by Marcel Breuer, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Lyon, FR
Beautiful pair of white Cesca chairs, made in Italy in the 1970s, from a design by Marcel Breuer (1928). Cane and white lacquered beech. Good condition overall, some light traces of ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Cane, Beech

Set of Four Mid-Century Italian Modern Marcel Breuer B64 Cesca Chairs, 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Set of four Cesca chairs model B64, with armrests. The tubular chrome steel structure is in good condition. Black lacquered beech wood frames and natural Viennese grille. The grilles...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Set of 8 Vintage Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer, Dino Gavina
Located in Roma, IT
Cesca Chairs is a set of 8 chairs designed by Marcel Breuer and realized by Dino Gavina in the 1970s. Load-bearing structure in mannesmann-type continuous tubular steel, cold-bent c...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Chairs

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Steel

Italian Mid-Century Metal Beech Vienna Straw Cesca Chair Breuer for Gavina 1960
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern matt black metal tubolar, white beech and Vienna straw Cesca chair, by Marcel Breuer and produced by Gavina in 1960s Cesca model chair, with matt black pa...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Four Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Gavina
By Marcel Breuer
Located in London, England
Cesca chairs, also known as Cesca-style chairs, are a type of modernist furniture design that has become an iconic piece of 20th-century design. They were created by the Hungarian-born American designer Marcel Breuer in the late 1920s. The name "Cesca" is derived from Breuer's daughter's name, Francesca. Cesca chairs are known for their minimalist and Bauhaus-inspired aesthetic. They represent the principles of the Bauhaus school, which emphasized functionality, simplicity, and the use of modern materials. Cesca chairs have achieved iconic status in the world of design and are considered classics of modernist furniture design. They are part of the permanent collections of many museums and are still in production by various furniture manufacturers. Set off four Cesca chairs finished in black by Marcel Breuer for Gavina SpA...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

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