In 1927 at the opening of the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart, the Dutch architect and designer designer Mart Stam presented his cantilever chair; a design which went on to became globally known as the „S 43“ from Thonet. The feeling of sitting on an “elastic column of air” (Marcel Breuer) has always fascinated producers, designers and customers alike; and with its missing back legs, sparing use of material and minimalistic form the S 43 still fits wonderfully into any home or office. Mart Stam improved his S-shaped cantilever and Thonet received the license to producer the designer chair. At the same time, however, a copyright dispute erupted between various designers who had been working similar designs at around the same time or who had taken the development of the S 43 further. While many of the disputes remain unresolved, the S 43 Classic from Thonet is still the popular char it has always been.
The seat and backrest are formed from plywood (a range of colours are available), and the frame from chrome-plated tubular steel; the weather resistant variation has a teak veneer. The S 43 comes with armrests (S 43F Classic) or without (S 43 Classic).