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Cesca Chair
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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 for Knoll Cesca Chairs, ca. 1960
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Marcel Breuer for Knoll Cesca Chairs, ca. 1960. Pristine condition, these 4 chairs have the older Knoll label on underside. Cane is perfect and wood frames have no cracks or chips. H...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Vintage Set of 6 Cane Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in Las Vegas, NV
All original, Vintage set of armless Cesca chairs Marcel Breuer for Knoll. They are finished in ebonized beech and cane. Originally designed in 1928, this is a truly Classic and time...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Four Mid-Century Modern Italian Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Chairs, 70s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Set of four Cesca B32 chairs, Italy, 1970s. Chromed tubular frame with signs of wear on the bottom facing the ground but in good overall condition. Seat and back frames in black la...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Dining Room Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

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

Original Cesca Chair by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, Italy
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Padova, IT
Original Cesca chair by Marcel Lajos Breuer for Gavina - Italy - with original label. Back lowered walnut wood - crome tubolari steel frame - Vienna straw. In the Cesca chair you ca...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

Marcel Breuer MYC Gavina Gold Beige Beechwood Cesca Brass Chair, Italia, 1960
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Madrid, ES
Set of 6 Cesca chairs designed by Marcel Breuer in 1962 and produced in Spain during de 1960s by MYC under the license of Gavina. Brassed tubular structure, oakwood frame with braide...
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Vintage 1960s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Brass

Marcel Breuer Cantilever Cesca Armchair, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Den Haag, NL
4 Marcel Breuer cesca armchairs. Cantilever chrome tube frame comes with a wicker backrest and seating. Very good seating comfort. 1970s some chrome loss on the legs.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wicker

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer Black B64 Cesca Chairs, Italy, 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Cesca chairs, model B64. Sale in pairs. Ten units available (five pairs). Tubular structure in black lacquered steel in excellent condition. Black lacquered beech wood frames an...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

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

Set of 6 Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Chairs
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This iconic and groundbreaking design by Marcel Breuer, the B32 Cesca chairs features a cantilevered chrome-plated steel frame, an ebonized lacquered beech finish, and cane seating. ...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Set of Six Marcel Breuer Chairs
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This set of six mid-century dining chairs by Marcel Breuer Cesca is in great condition and is hand-crafted out of steel and wood newly restored by our professional craftsmen team. Th...
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Vintage 1960s European Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel

Eight Tubular Steel Cantilever Chairs by Marcel Breuer Manufactured by Thonet
By Marcel Breuer, Thonet
Located in Berlin, DE
Group of eight cantilever chairs model B 32 / S32 with base made of chrome-plated tubular steel, seat and back in black painted beech wood frames and cane. A Bauhaus classic, designe...
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Vintage 1950s German Bauhaus Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Cane Cesca Chair by Marcel Breuer with Navy Seat, Multiple Available
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Hudson, NY
Cane back with navy colored Naugahyde seats. 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 ad...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Steel, Chrome

Authentic Midcentury Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Knoll
By Knoll, Marcel Breuer
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration are these wonderful Cesca chairs in striking black leather with shiny heavy chrome. Perfect for the home or office and ready for use showing little if any wear...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Chrome

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. Tubular steel chromed structure in good condition. Beechwood frames lacquered in black and Viennese natural grid. Grids of the four...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Chairs, 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 grills of the two seats have been put new. Very goo...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel, 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

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. Chromed steel structures in very good condition. Black lacquered beech wood frames and natural Viennese grille. Th...
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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 Gavina, Marcel Breuer
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

Gavina Mid-Century Modern Marcel Breuer B32 Cesca Chair, 60s
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Cesca chair, model B32, manufactured by MYC Gavina, a subsidiary of Gavina Italy in Spain in the 1960s. This chair is part of a high quality edition. Chrome tubular structure with w...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

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

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

Materials

Brass, Steel

Marcel Breuer 2 Italian Armchairs and 4 Chairs, 1970
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Madrid, ES
Marcel Breuer 2 armchairs and 4 chairs Italian with chrome tubular metal frames, beech wood frames with straw, circa 1970. Marked 'made in Italy'. Signs of use. Dimensions: 80 x ...
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20th Century Italian Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Set of 6 Thonet Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Pasadena, TX
Set of 6 Thonet Cesca chairs 1980s Set of four armchairs, model Cesca, designed by Marcel Breuer. Manufactured by Thonet circa 1981 Chrome cantilever frame, seat and back in ...
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Vintage 1980s North American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

Cesca Gavina 1970s Production Marcel Breuer Design Set of Eight Chairs
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in 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 1970s Italian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Steel

Marcel Breuer Model "B 34" Chair in Steel, Canvas & Beech Wood, Thonet 1930s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare "B34" armchair with a tubular steel frame, creamy canvas and dark stained beech wood armrests designed by Marcel Breuer in 1929 and produced by Thonet during the 1930s. Good and...
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Vintage 1930s German Bauhaus Chairs

Materials

Steel

Set of 6 Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs by Marcel Breuer
By Marcel Breuer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 6 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

Materials

Chrome

Set of Four Marcel Breuer Cesca Chairs for Gavina, Italy, 1950s
By Marcel Breuer, Gavina
Located in London, GB
Designer and Architect Marcel Breuer (1902 – 1981) was an incredibly influential figure. When only 23 years of age, a talent at the Bauhaus, he pioneered the use of tubular steel in ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Chairs

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Chrome

Set of Four Ebonized Breuer Cesca Chairs, Chrome Cantilever with Rattan, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in London, GB
A set of four Cesca cantilever chairs with rattan seats and ebonized frames. Nice examples, with a time worn patina but still firm rattan in great condition. Produced in the 19...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Beech

Pair of Italian Cesca Armchairs, 1970s
By Marcel Breuer
Located in South San Francisco, CA
Set of 2 Italian Cesca armchairs. The caning on both chairs is in great condition, with minimal to no signs of wear.  
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Vintage 1970s Armchairs

Materials

Chrome

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. All the seat grilles have been put in new. B...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Bauhaus Chairs

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Brass, Steel

Set of 4 Cesca Chairs by Marcel Breuer for Gavina, 1970s
By Gavina, Marcel Breuer
Located in amstelveen, NL
Cescar chairs, Marcel Breuer, Gavina, 1970 Set of 4 Cesca chairs designed in 1928 by Marcel Breuer, using tubular steel. It was named Cesca as a tribute to Breuer’s adopted daught...
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Chrome

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

Materials

Cane

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