Why everyone has this chair

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This two-legged chair has been famous for almost 100 years.

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If your internet overlaps even a little bit with mine, you’ve seen a Cesca (also known as a B32). The cantilevered cane and chrome chair is all over the place: in trendy homes, on movies and tv sets, even tattooed on people's bodies. But Instagram’s favorite chair is not exactly new.

It was designed nearly 100 years ago by an architect named Marcel Breuer, while he was a student at the Bauhaus, the famed German art school. This somewhat unassuming two-legged chair is the realization of a manifestos-worth of utopian ideals about design and functionality. So maybe it’s no surprise it has somehow remained in fashion for decades: It’s a design icon. And just a really, really nice looking chair.

To learn more about Marcel Breuer, “Marcel Breuer: Furniture and Interiors” by Christopher Wilk is a great resource: https://www.moma.org/documents/moma_catalogue_1782_300296422.pdf

If you want to read about the Bauhaus, check out “Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse and Modernism,” edited By Jeffrey Saletnik and Robin Schuldenfrei: https://www.routledge.com/Bauhaus-Construct-Fashioning-Identity-Discourse-and-Modernism/Saletnik-Schuldenfrei/p/book/9780415778367

And to see some scans of original Bauhaus publications, check out Bauhaus Bookshelf: https://www.bauhaus-bookshelf.org/bauhaus-original-sources-for-pdf-download.html

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