On December 10th 1869 Gebrüder Thonet voluntarily relinquished their 1856 Privilege in respect of “The manufacture of chairs and table legs made of bent wood, the bending facilitated by the action of steam or simmering liquids”; thereby ending not only a thirteen year monopoly during which time Thonet became a firmly established global brand, but also the culmination of a neigh on three decade story which highlights the importance of patent protection in the furniture industry.
It’s probably fair to say that no object at IMM Cologne 2018 confused us quite as much as the new 118 chair by Sebastian Herkner for Thonet.
Not in bad way. Just in a confused way.
We know, we know, what sort of being gets confused by chairs.
Us. Regularly. It’s why our lives’ are such a mess.
The exhibition Divine Golden Ingenious. The Golden Ratio as a Theory of Everything? at the Museum for Communication Berlin featured two projects by Berlin based designer Mark Braun, projects which, largely, if not exclusively, owe their form to deliberations on and experimentation with the Fibonacci number. A state of affairs, we considered, makes Mark Braun an ideal person with whom to speak to about the role, attraction and relevance of the Fibonacci number and Golden Ratio in product design.
And so ahead of the exhibition’s opening at the Museum for Communication Frankfurt, we did just that…..
As a fair IMM Cologne 2017 didn’t impress, but one or the other product did. Our IMM Cologne 2017 High Five!! And a few words of comfort from Epictetus.
The German architect and designer Ferdinand Kramer didn’t just translate the new principles of construction and design which arose in the inter-war years into his architecture, furniture and industrial designs, he was also a very eloquent writer on such matters, and thus helped, and continues to help, explain the motivations behind, and fascination with, functionalist ideals.
“…the strict, logical lines which avoid anything unnecessary and which with the sleekest form and through the simplest means embodies
To the casual observer selecting five outstanding products from the Milan Furniture Fair is a neigh on impossible task, so
Born in Leverkusen Glen Oliver Löw initially studied Industrial Design at the University of Wuppertal before moving to Milan in
In the famous Thonet Card Catalogue from 1930/31 the image of the B 9 side table and B 25 lounge
As we noted in our post from the 2015 Garden Unique Youngstars competition, the contemporary outdoor furniture market is a
Normally October is all about design festivals, October 2015 wasn’t. On the one hand we weren’t at that many this
January being what it is we spent most of the month in Cologne attending the 2015 IMM Cologne Furniture Fair
We were first introduced to the work of Berlin based designer Uli Budde when we saw his “Reading Table” project
“The essence of the Thonetschen invention is that when bending a steamed piece of wood the neutral layer is relocated
On March 10th 2015 a jury at the Central District Court of California in Los Angeles concluded that Pharrell Williams
Back in the hazy mists of 2014 the Grassi Museum for Applied Arts, Leipzig presented Sitting – Lying – Swinging.
If you’re of a certain age, and of a certain background, you’ll be familiar with the Roland TR-808 drum machine.
As all old thesauruans know “April” is merely a synonym for “Milan” And lo despite all promises to the contrary
According to our pictorial review of March 2013 it was “a month of travelling: Stuttgart, Chemnitz, Weimar, Dessau….. its amazing
For just about as long as Thonet have been producing furniture one of the company’s most important designers has been
“When”, we asked in context of the Grassi Leipzig exhibition Sitting – Lying – Swinging. Furniture from Thonet, “does an exhibition
By way of a 1st of May, International Workers’ Day, special…… in Milan Ronan Bouroullec told us that the brother’s
Standing in the Leipzig Grassi Museum for Applied Arts, surrounded by 150 years of Thonet chair history, Peter Thonet, x-times-great
April 2014, as every April we can ever remember, means Milanese purgatory. Apparently it is meant to cleanse the soul,
If we were to be completely honest we would have to admit that although we were aware of the name