Recognize This Vintage Chair? Welp, It's Now Taking Over Instagram

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If you’ve recently found yourself scrolling #designtok and Instagram feeds for home inspiration, you’ve undoubtedly seen it: the Cesca chair. It’s the cantilevered steel chair that took over homes long before feeds were a thing—and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

First, a history lesson: The design was pioneered in 1928 by Marcel Breuer, a famed alumnus of the Bauhaus design school, who drew inspiration from an Adler bicycle he rode as a child. It then grew in popularity during the ‘30s and ‘40s and became a mainstay of many mid-century modern era kitchens and offices. There’s a good chance you remember having Cesca chairs in your childhood home, in fact.

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But where once our parents paired these puppies with flannel rugs, midcentury modern desks and ‘80s upholstered sofas, designers today are opting for a more modern, minimalist approach—styled with neutral tones, layered textiles and sleek, organic accents.

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