Furniture Chairs and Tables - History of Thonet chairs

The history of Thonet chairs

Michael Thonet, born in 1796 in Boppard and died in 1871 in Vienna, was one of the famous protagonists of the design of the period of the Victorian era.

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Profession Carpenter, in 1830 he began experiments on the technical bending wood, moistening elements of wood so they can be bending easier and letting them dry in metal forms. Obtained patents for this technique in France, England, Belgium and Austria between 1841 and 1842.

With this technique revolutionized the concept of the woodwork of this period. The curvature of the wood by steam allowed sinuous and elegant shapes maintaining a clean surface combining the classic to modern.

The most famous model of the Thonet is the No. 14. Designed in 1859, built in 45 million units until 1903. It is put into production in 1855, consisting of only six pieces, the back and the back legs are made of a single piece, the seat is stuffed with cane, imitated by all the companies that are inspired by the technique Thonet, is still in production today.

The Museum für angewandte Kunst, MAK Vienna has one of the largest collections of original factory Thonet chairs worldwide. The company is now part of the Poltrona Frau Group and the production has moved to Italy. The rights of the Thonet brand with its products are still part of the Italian group.

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