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The German manufacturer Thonet is one of the oldest family-operated furniture manufacturers in the world. The manufacturer is known for its ground-breaking furniture, bentwood and steel, representing a milestone in industrial design.

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Thonet - Glides for the Tubular Steel Cantilever Chair Thonet - Glides for the Tubular Steel Cantilever Chair (set of 4), felt, transparent €30.00 *Thonet - Glides for the Tubular Steel Cantilever Chair Thonet - Glides for the Tubular Steel Cantilever Chair (set of 4), felt, black €30.00 *Thonet - S 32 Cantilever Thonet - S 32 V Chair, chrome / black stained beech (TP 17) / wickerwork with supporting synthetic mesh. €780.00 *Thonet - S 32 Cantilever Thonet - S 32 V Chair, chrome / black stained beech (TP 29) / wickerwork with supporting synthetic mesh. €780.00 *Thonet - S 64 Cantilever Chair Thonet - S 64 V Chair, chrome-plated / black stained beech (TP 29) / wickerwork with supporting synthetic mesh. €1,000.00 *Thonet - Lum 125 LED Floor Lamp Thonet - Lum Floor and Reading Lamp LED, H 125 cm, black €685.00 *Thonet - Glides for the Bentwood Chairs Thonet - Glides for Wooden Chairs, hard felt glides (4 pcs.) €6.00 *Thonet - Glides for the Tubular Steel Cantilever Chair Thonet - Glides for the Tubular Steel Cantilever Chair (set of 4), plastic, transparent €30.00 *Thonet - 404 Bar Stool Thonet - 404 H Barstool, black stained beech (TP 29) €524.00 *Thonet - Glides for the Tubular Steel Cantilever Chair Thonet - Glides for the Tubular Steel Cantilever Chair (set of 4), plastic, black €30.00 *Thonet - B 9 Side Table Thonet - B 9 b Nesting Table, chrome / jet black (RAL 9005) €560.00 *Thonet - B 9 Side Table Thonet - B 9 b Nesting Table, chrome / jet black (RAL 9005) €584.00 *Thonet - B 9 Side Table Thonet - B 9 a Nesting Table, chrome / white (RAL 9010) €548.00 *Thonet - B 9 Side Table Thonet - B 9 d/1 Side Table, chrome / jet black (RAL 9010) €899.00 *Thonet - S 1200 Secretary Desk Thonet - S 1200 Secretary, chrome / pure white (RAL 9010) body / oiled oak table top €1,881.00 *Thonet - 1025 Side Table Thonet - 1025 Side Table, oiled walnut €822.00 *Thonet - S 33 Cantilever Chair Thonet - S 33 Chair, chrome / core black leather €1,030.00 *Thonet - S 33 Cantilever Chair Thonet - S 33 Chair, chrome / brown buffalo leather €1,054.00 *Thonet - S 64 Cantilever Chair Thonet - S 64 V Chair, chrome-plated / black stained beech (TP 17) / wickerwork with supporting synthetic mesh. €1,000.00 *Thonet - B 9 Side Table Thonet - B 9 a Nesting Table, chrome / jet black (RAL 9005) €548.00 *Thonet - B 9 Side Table Thonet - B 9 b Nesting Table, chrome / jet black (RAL 9005) €601.00 *Thonet - B 9 Side Table Thonet - B 9 d/1 Side Table, chrome / jet black (RAL 9005) €899.00 *Thonet - Lum 50 Table Lamp LED Thonet - Lum Table Lamp LED, H 50 cm, black €590.00 *Thonet - Lum 50 Table Lamp LED Thonet - Lum Table Lamp LED, H 50 cm, chrome €590.00 *Thonet - 808 Lounge Chair Thonet - 808 Lounge Chair, stainless steel frame / grey (905 leather) + free 808 stool €5,932.00 *Thonet - 118 Chair Thonet - 118 Chair, wickerwork with supporting synthetic mesh / black stained beech (TP 29) €362.95 *Thonet - 209 Bentwood Chair Thonet - 209 Bentwood, wickerwork with supporting synthetic mesh / black stained beech (TP 29) €964.00 *Thonet - 209 Bentwood Chair Thonet - 209 Bentwood, wickerwork with supporting synthetic mesh / natural beech (TP 17) €935.00 *Thonet - S 33 Cantilever Chair Thonet - S 33 N Chair, chrome / silver fabric €661.00 *Thonet - S 33 Chair (All Seasons) Thonet - S 33 N All Season Chair, mustard frame (TS 2050) / moss fabric €691.00 *Thonet - S 33 Chair (All Seasons) Thonet - S 33 N All Season Chair, mustard frame (TS 9005) / anthracite fabric €691.00 *Thonet - S 34 Chair Thonet - S 34 Chair, chrome / core black leather / stained black beech armrests (TP 29) €1,292.00 *Thonet - S 34 Chair (All Seasons) Thonet - S 34 N All Season Chair, mustard yellow (TS 2050) / moss €893.00 *Thonet - S 34 Chair (All Seasons) Thonet - S 34 N All Season Chair, black (TS 9005) / anthracite €893.00 *Thonet - S 32 Cantilever Thonet - S 32 PV Upholstered Chair, chrome / black Linea leather (622 Nero), seams with black core leather €1,035.00 *Thonet - S 64 Cantilever Chair Thonet - S 64 PV Chair, chrome-plated / Linea leather (622 Nero) sewed with plastic lining / beech armrest (TP 29), black €1,280.00 *

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Thonet - A Milestone in Industrial Design and the Beginning of the Modern Furniture Industry

The manufacturer Thonet is one of the oldest family-run furniture manufacturers in the world and has made history with its revolutionary café furniture and its iconic chair no. 14 (now 214).

The Company History

Thonet's success story began in 1819 in Boppard on the Rhine, where Michael Thonet operated his workshop for bentwood technology. In 1830 he was the first to develop a process to bend solid wood using water vapour: a revolution in the wood industry. After placing the rods of beech in a pressure vessel, steam was applied until the resin surrounding the timber fibres became pliable. In this changed state, the rod could be bent around a form. The result: The outside does not split and the wood is permanently bent. For the wood industry this innovation meant much more efficient work since the loss of wood was reduced to a minimum and new shapes could be made.

In 1842, Prince von Metternich became aware of Thonet's work and brought him along with his family to Vienna. He perfected his bentwood technology in the 1850s. In 1853 he handed over his company to his sons and the company was named "Brothers Thonet". The company reached the big breakthrough in 1859 with the Viennese coffee house chair - the No. 14 chair. Today, the chair is still one of the most successful industrial product of all times and Michael Thonet is considered a pioneer of industrial design. The era of the modern furniture industry began with him.

On a cubic meter of a transport crate, 36 dismantled No. 14 chairs including screw seats had been sold around the world in a cost-effective way. They were mounted upon arrival. Until 1930, 50 million chairs were produced and took over the cafés of the European metropolises.
The No. 14 chair changed the appearance of the city's public squares. Heavy upholstered furniture was replaced by light, graceful bistro chairs, which could be used flexibly and stored in a space-saving way.

Stainless Steel Furniture Completes the Product Range

From Vienna, the brothers expanded the Thonet empire. They set up factories in different European countries and were supported and encouraged by Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary. At the end of the First World War, however, the patriotic emperor's trust led the company into a crisis. The Thonet brothers therefore decided to merge with the Jewish merchant Leopold Pilzer from Hungary and his Mundus stock company in 1921, making them the largest furniture manufacturer in the world.

Pilzer was responsible for introducing furniture made of steel into the Thonet range. Thonet recognised early on the potential of bent steel furniture and secured the rights to designs from numerous Bauhaus representatives such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Mart Stam or Le Corbusier.
Marcel Breuer’s cantilever chair for Thonet is considered as one of the most important innovations of the last century. The clear appearance of the steel furniture, which is regarded as a milestone in design history, was the expression of a new everyday culture and architecture called "New Objectivity". At that time, Thonet was not the only market leader for bentwood furniture; however, it was number 1 in the steel furniture industry. The factory was located in Frankenberg / Eder.

The time of National Socialism is one of the dark sides of the successful Thonet story. The Jewish merchant Leopold Pilzer had to emigrate to the United States. All factories in the Eastern European countries were lost through expropriation, and the Viennese sales office in Stephansplatz was also destroyed. Thonet was battered and faced ruin. In the years 1945 to 1953 Georg Thonet, great-grandson of the company founder Michael Thonet, rebuilt the completely destroyed factory in Frankenberg.

Design Collaborations

In the last decades since the war, Thonet has been working to improve the classics and collaborate with renowned designers such as Egon Eiermann, Verner Panton, Eddie Harlis, Hanno von Gustedt, Rudolf Glatzel, Pierre Paulin, Gerd Lange, Hartmut Lohmeyer, Ulrich Böhme und Wulf Schneider, Alfredo Häberli, Christophe Marchand, Lord Norman Foster, Delphin Design, Glen Oliver Löw, James Irvine, Piero Lissoni, Stefan Diez, Lievore Altherr Molina, Lepper Schmidt Sommerlade, Hadi Teherani, Läufer + Keichel and many more. The list of designers is long and high-profile.

In Frankenberg, the Thonet factory, built in 1889, is still developing innovative products which are always geared towards longevity and are characterised by material quality and a timeless design language. Thonet GmbH has the latest production technology as well as specific know-how collected over two centuries of company history.

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