History Lesson: Thonet Chair, #14
Thonet Chair, #14
Last time we talked about the Tulip Table, and we said that the Thonet Table was our favorite chair to pair with the Tulip table:
|Tulip Table with Thonet Chairs|
Like the Tulip Table, the Thonet chair is a timeless piece of furniture design history. The Thonet is actually older than the Tulip Table by almost 100 years, introduced in 1859 by its creator, Michael Thonet (often mispronounced “tho-nay” like a French name; Thonet was German-Austrian, he pronounced his name “toe-net” with a hard T at the beginning and end). He invented and patented a revolutionary way to bend wood in a steambox, a process that hasn’t changed much since.
The chair wasn’t just a renovation is design and woodworking: it could be taken apart (think IKEA) for easy distribution and transportation, making it easy to sell all over the Europe, and the world.
|Restaurant with Thonet Chair Number 18|
The #14 is the most famous and widespread, but Thonet also offers the #18
|Thonet Chair number 14|
The #18 keeps the aesthetic, but is more comfortable, as it supports the back, but does not hit the spine.