This model is undoubtedly the work of Breuer even though he incorporated elements which
were not new. The seat and back of the cane version are a clear reference to the wooden
chairs of Thonet. The idea of the staright-legged cantilever is usually attributed to Mart Stam.
As the result of a law suit which began in 1929, the German Courts attributed
all cantilevers to Stam. However, this model is generally referred to as the “Breuer chair”. In
the 1960’s the chair was named after Breuer’s daughter Cheska and is now commonly called
The early cantilevers of Stam, Lorenz and Mies and sling seats and backs of canvas which
required that the two sides of the frame be joined at he upperback with a horizontal bar and
that there be a steel support under the seat to keep the legs apart. Instead, both the cane
and upholstered versions of this model have a rigid seat and back which allow the
elimination of both the horizontal piece at the upper back and the steel support under the
seat. The result is a chair of great simplicity and formal elegance.