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A THONET classic enhances your environment tremendously, for
it wonderfully and harmoniously adapts to most furnishing styles.
with a long history. Originally the company was based in Vienna, where it
earned international fame with their bentwood furniture in the 19th century.
The economic success of the Thonet brothers began with the famous Vienna
Café Chair, which was first designed in the year 1859 and is known as the
best piece of industrial furniture worldwide. The first serial production of
furniture was made possible with a production method developed by
Thonet, which essentially bent solid wood and brought about the so-called
bentwood furniture. This chair is still known by most as the Chair No. 214
or Chair No. 215 with armrests, especially with the seat and backrest made
of basketwork. The Thonet bentwood and basketwork rocking chair has also
become a classic of its time.
Since 1890 Thonet has moved their HQ to the Hessian town Frankenberg in
Germany (with interruptions). In this location Thonet still produces big design
classics and steel tube Bauhaus furniture according to the designs by ...
Mies van der Rohe, Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, or Le Corbusier, as well as
realising designs by contemporary designers such as Hadi Teherani,
Norman Foster, or Stefan Diez. Bentwood furniture - like the Vienna Café
Chair No. 214 or Bauhaus classics like the Cantilever Chair S 32 - Thonet
furniture is represented in all the important design collections of the world
and give every interior a special touch.
EINSTEIN standing by a THONET or NOT a THONET - that IS the question!
model?” Note the leg ends resting in
copper or zinc pods. The latest
conclusion over at the Chair Blog,
comes from Geert VANHOUTTE who
says... "I’m afraid I have to disappoint
you. It’s not a genuine Thonet. As a
collector of bentwood furniture I’m able
(in most cases) to see if something’s a
Thonet or not from very small details,
without having to see a paper label or
stamp. The way the end of these
armrests (where they are fixed to the
backrest) is finished is different
from Thonet. The way the Thonet chairs
were made also evolved, but Thonet
never made them in this way. My guess
is it’s a “Halbfauteuil” model nr. 20 made by FISCHEL. But it could also be
made by one the many other companies that made copies of the Thonet
models. By the way, in some other posts on your nice blog you posted
pictures of chairs that are not genuine Thonet, like for example the Café
Daum chair and the settee nr 5. Even the Thonet Museum in Boppard has a
FISCHEL Café Daum settee in it’s collection. I know this, the director knows
this, and many other collectors, but a simple visitor will never see the
difference and will be convinced it’s a genuine Thonet because it’s in a
Thonet Museum… Things are not always what they seem."
Our own BAUHAUS / THONET / ARTEMIDE / FLOS collection has become
somewhat depleted, over time, but we do still retain some of our most
favourite treasures and lighting remains at the very top of our list.
The THONET 1, 'brand' on the underneath of the seat, of the chair pictured
bottom right, remains a mystery still. IF anyone can shed some light on a
this mystery I would be most obliged. It was my mother who originally
purchased it and although not a bentwood, it has provided stalwart service
as a desk chair for all the family for decades.
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