cesca chair upholstered

cesca chair upholstered

Design Marcel Breuer, 1928
Chromed tubular steel, upholstery
Made in USA by Knoll

Marcel Breuer conceived the first tubular steel chair, in 1925, based on the tubed frame of a bicycle. His revolutionary Cesca chair, named after his daughter Francesca, marries upholstered seat and back with the industrial-age aesthetic of cantilevered tubular steel. Functional, simple and distinctly modern. Knoll is the only authorized and licensed manufacturer of the Cesca chair. Marcel Breuer's signature and Knoll studio logo are stamped into the base of each chair to verify authenticity.

ProtÚgÚ of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer embodied many of the School's distinctive concepts and was and one of the School's most famous students. He returned to teach carpentry from 1925-1928, during which he designed the tubular-steel furniture collection. His attention drifted towards architecture, and after practicing privately, he worked as a professor at Harvard's School of Design under Gropius. Breuer was also honored as the first architect to be the sole artist of an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Optional upholstered arms can be added. Also available with cane seat and back.

armless: 18.5" w | 23.5" d | 31.5" h seat: 17.75" h
armchair: 23.5" w | 23.5" d | 31.5" h | seat: 17.75" h | arm: 27" h

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Marcel Breuer

Marcel Lajos Breuer (1902-1981) was a Hungarian born student and teacher at the Bauhaus in the 1920s, eventually becoming head of its carpentry workshop. His most famous design while there was of tubular steel though, the Wassily chair, which was inspired by his bicycle handlebars. Its manufacturers named it for Wassily Kandinsky, to whom Breuer gifted an early prototype. Breuer relocated to London in the 1930s, due to the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. While in London, Breuer was employed by Jack Pritchard at the Isokon company, one of the earliest introducers of modern design to the United Kingdom. Breuer eventually ended up in the United States, teaching at Harvard's architecture school, working with students such as Philip Johnson, Paul Rudolph and I.M. Pei. He designed many houses in the Boston area alongside former Bauhaus colleague Walter Gropius and formed a business with him until 1941, at which point Breuer started his own firm in New York.
Hans Knoll, the son of a pioneer German furniture manufacturer, founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938, one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust, a Cranbrook graduate who had worked for Gropius and Breuer, and the two were married in 1946. The next year, they opened a textiles division and showroom that was flanked with some of the worlds leading designers. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and producing them to their original specifications. This included the 1929 Barcelona Chair. They also commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the now iconic Tulip chair, and hold the rights to Marcel Breuerĺs seminal Wassily Chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi would also collaborate with Knoll.
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