Cesca by Marcel Breuer
Like the MR the Cesca was designed on the cantilever principle which was capturing the imagination
of architects and engineers at the time and was subsequently to appear in many more furniture designs.
The Cesca still remains the most perfectly resolved use of the cantilever with its elegantly formed
wood stretchers for the caned seat and back and the added cantilever of the arm version.
Breuer, who had designed several non cantilever chairs and tables, got the idea for the Cesca from
seeing one of his tables on its side. Mart Stam who was in contact with Breuer at the time realised what Breuer had
in mind and managed to put together elements of an existing Breuer chair and table to make a crudely designed
predecessor to the Cesca.
Other views of the Cesca chair showing the adaptation of the flow of line from the cantilever into
the arm rests with only a small outward deflection of the steel tube.