Cesca Chair

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Cesca Chair was a chair design in 1928 by Marcel Breuer, using tubular steel.[1] It was named Cesca as a tribute to Breuer’s adopted daughter Francesca (nicknamed Cheska).[2] In 1968 the chair was purchased by Knoll Associates (today known as the Knoll Group). Since then, approximately 250,000 of the chairs have been purchased.[3] The three official manufacturers of the chair were: Thonet (from 1927), Gavina (1950s) Knoll (1960s).[4]

In 1928, it was the first such tubular-steel frame caned seat type of chair that was mass-produced. It was among the 10 most common such chairs. One of the original ones from that time sits in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.[5] Associate Curator at the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, Cara McCarty, referred to the chair as being “among the 10 most important chairs of the 20th century.”[6]


  1. ^ "MARCEL BREUER CESCA CHAIR". Bauhausitaly. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Marcel Breuer - The Cesca Chair". Wide Walls. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ Booth Conroy, Sarah. "Modern View of Marcel Breuer". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. ^ Britt, Aaron. "Sam Kaufman on Breuer's B32". Dwell. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Marcel Breuer Cesca Chair". Modern Furniture Designers. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  6. ^ Louie, Elaine. "The Many Lives of a Very Common Chair". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 October 2017.