Vintage Cesca Style Cane Cantilever Chairs Sold In Habitat In The 1970s

Vintage Cesca Style Cane Cantilever Chairs Sold In Habitat In The 1970s


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Marcel Breuer, designer of the cesca cane chair, is considered one of the fathers of modernism. During his career he was an architect, teacher and furniture designer. With comfort in mind, he chose to use one continuous steel tube in a cantilever style. The chair was named “cesca “ as a tribute to Breuer’s daughter Francesca.

Marcel Breuer married traditional craftsmanship with industrial methods and materials to help make tubular steel furniture an international sensation and become a modern institution. The cantilever form exploits the possibilities unique to the material and gives the chair added flexibility and comfort. This iconic seat features woven cane inserts and a beech frame.

Straight lines, curves and high quality materials are the features of the cesca chair; a timeless piece of 20th Century furniture intergrating perfectly with today’s retro mix and attracting collectors of mid century furniture.
Very comfortable thanks to the lightweight metal structure that make it flexible; a perfect desk or dining chair!

This style was sold in Habitat in the 1970s, although no markings they are recognisable and are shown in some of the brochures from that period.

We have two of the four chairs pictured in stock, both of which require some repair. All are stamped ‘Made in Italy’ beneath the seat. The price listed is per chair, however happy to discount the two slightly damaged chairs and/or discount for the purchase of both chairs.

The chairs are in good vintage condition, the frames show minimal signs of wear and some scuffing; the wooden frames are in very good condition, no cracks just some surface marks. The cane seat pads and backrest show some tension loss and the damage to the cane is highlighted in the photos. The chairs are serviceable currently and fit for purpose but will need some attention in the near future (new seat pads and backrests are readily available online).

Please message us if you require any more photos, always happy to help!

Additional dimensions information:

Seat Height is 47 cms


W47.0 x H87.0 x D49.0 cm



Wear condition

Apparent Wear and Tear


Marcel Breuer

Date of manufacture



Steel, Cane, Beech


Late 20th Century


VAT status

Seller is not VAT registered


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