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Marcel Breuer Wicker Back Chrome "Cesca" Chairs by Stendig for Knoll

$3,400Asking Price


Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) vintage re-edition "Cesca" armchair by Stendig for Knoll. Cantilevered tubular chrome frame with maple and cane seats, backs, and arms,  circa 1970, made in Italy. Please inquire us if you would like a different quantity of chairs. More are available upon request. 20 chairs available Cesca chair, named after his daughter Francesca, marries caning and hardwood Beech with the Industrial-age aesthetic of cantilevered tubular steel. Functional, simple and distinctly modern. Cesca chair has no legs and it relies on supporting from the tensile properties of steel tubing. It uses non-reinforced steel tubing, thereby creating a free-swinging chair that approached his ideal of "sitting on columns of air." The chairs were first produced in 1929 by Thonet, then made by Knoll. Please inquire us if you would like a different quantity, more are available upon request.


  • Creator
    Marcel Breuer (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Depth: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Seat Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Art Deco (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    Van Nuys, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU9474829231

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About Marcel Breuer (Designer)

The architect and designer Marcel Breuer was one the 20th century’s most influential and innovative adherents of modernism. A member of the Bauhaus faculty, Breuer — like such colleagues as the architects Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and the artists and art theoreticians Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers — left Europe in the 1930s to champion the new design philosophy and its practice in the United States.

Born in Hungary, Breuer became a Bauhaus student in 1920 and quickly impressed Gropius, the German school’s founder, with his aptitude for furniture design. His early work was influenced by the minimalist Dutch design movement De Stijl — in particular the work of architect Gerrit Rietveld. In 1925, while he was head of the Bauhaus furniture workshop, Breuer realized his signal innovation: the use of lightweight tubular-steel frames for chairs, tables and sofas — a technique soon adopted by Mies and others. Breuer’s attention gradually shifted from design to architecture, and, at the urging of Gropius, he joined his mentor in 1937 on the faculty of Harvard and in an architectural practice.

In the 1940s, Breuer opened his own architectural office, and there his style evolved from geometric, glass-walled structures toward a kind of hybrid architecture — seen in numerous Breuer houses in New England — that pairs bases of local fieldstone with sleek, wood-framed modernist upper floors. In his later, larger commissions, Breuer worked chiefly with reinforced concrete and stone, as seen in his best-known design, the Brutalist inverted ziggurat built in New York in 1966 as the home of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Breuer’s most famous furniture pieces are those made of tubular steel, which include the Wassily chair — named after Wassily Kandinsky and recognizable for its leather-strap seating supports — and the caned Cesca chair. Breuer also made several notable designs in molded plywood, including a chaise and nesting table for the British firm Isokon and a student furniture suite commissioned in 1938 for a dormitory at Bryn Mawr College. Whether in metal or wood, Breuer’s design objects are elegant and adaptable examples of classic modernist design — useful and appropriate in any environment.

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