The ”fourteen” is one of the most successful products of industrial serial-production of the world. It was the standard model out of the bentwood collection by Thonet and is considered as the typical Vienna coffee shop chair. More than 50 million specimens were already sold in 1930. The “fourteen” is kind of still in production, but in a slightly modified form.
Michael Thonet developed the bentwood technique in which massive wood is bent inside of iron molds, becoming three dimensional with steam, meaning large designing liberty regarding the shape of wooden objects. For the 2nd half of the 18th century, Thonet’s new shipping system was also revolutionary: the single parts of the chairs were packed extremely space saving, sent to the place they were ordered from, and screwed together at just that place. The Thonet brothers were connected by industrial production and economic thinking in an independent aesthetic, decisively embossing the topic “industrial design”.
The original of the chair No. 14 was designed by Muchael Thonet in 1859/1860 and it is produced as 1:1 model by the Gebr. Thonet, Vienna/ Gebr. Thonet, Frankenberg/ Thonet Industries Inc. since 1865.
The here offered miniature by Vitra (scale 1:6) consists of dyed and lacquered beech wood.