About this designer: Michael Thonet
Michael Thonet
Michael Thonet (2 July 1796 - 3 March 1871) was a German-Austrian cabinet maker - the son of a master tanner. Following a carpenter's apprenticeship, Thonet set himself up as an independent cabinetmaker in 1819. In the 1830s, Thonet began trying to make furniture out of glued and bent wooden slats. Thonet's essential breakthrough was his success in having light, strong wood bent into curved, graceful shapes by forming the wood in hot steam. This enabled him to design entirely novel, elegant, lightweight, durable and comfortable furniture, which appealed strongly to fashion and whose aesthetic and functional appeal remains to this day. The 1859 coffee shop chair no. 14 is still called the ‘chair of chairs’ with some 50 million produced up until 1930. It yielded a gold medal for Thonet's enterprise at the 1867 Paris World's Fair.
About this brand: Thonet
Thonet today, as in the past, is considered a pioneer of furniture design throughout the world. The company was established in 1819 by Michael Thonet to produce his own designs, using the then new bentwood process, which he developed. Within a short period of time it became a major furniture manufacturer with a global distribution network. In the 1930's a major expansion took place with the addition of tubular steel furniture from famous Bauhaus associated designers such as Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe. Today, as well as continuing with the manufacture of many of the tubular steel and bentwood classics, Thonet, in their long established tradition of innovation and design quality, introduce products by renowned contemporary architects and designers.

214 Bentwood Chair

Code: 796
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520x560x460/840h mm
8-10 Weeks

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214 Bentwood Chair designed by Michael Thonet. A true, pioneering, piece of furniture design. Between 1830 & 1836, Michael Thonet invented the technique for "furniture made of bentwood" and created Chair No 14 (also sometimes known as 'the coffee house chair') in 1859. This technique enabled serial production of furniture for the first time and, with more than 50 million pieces sold to date, the 214 Bentwood Chair is considered to be the most successful industrial product of the 19th Century. The quality of these chairs is so good that they survive for generations. The bentwood 'classic' range is still produced by Thonet today in their Frankenberg factory and are available to order in a number of different finishes and styles.

NB - This chair has a minimum order quantity of FOUR.