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B32 chair (Cesca chair)

<i>B32</i> chair (<i>Cesca</i> chair)

born Hungary, active Europe and USA, 1902−1981

B32 chair (Cesca chair)

Manufactured by Gebrüder Thonet GmbH, Frankenberg, Germany

Chromium-plated tubular steel, wood, woven cane, 1973

79 x 46 x 54 cm

Accession number:

B74.0383

Arts/Design and Architecture

Breuer took a revolutionary approach to modern seating typologies beyond traditional four-legged chair construction, evidenced in this cantilevered chair. While Breuer is generally credited with the invention of modern tubular furniture, the Dutch architect Mart Stam is acknowledged as having designed the first cantilevered chair in 1926. When the B32 chair was re-launched by Knoll in 1962, it was renamed Cesca after Breuer’s adopted daughter.

Exhibitions:

The Design and Architecture Collection, Selected Works, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 25/07/2010 - 31/12/2010