In the next week or so we will be introducing here some of the new products from Thonet that are now available at smow.com. But before we get that far, a small video below that explains something of the story of Thonet furniture and the production process...
|Function & properties
|Knot in front right leg
|With plastic glides
|Certificates & Sustainability
|Thonet has declared sustainability to be a corporate principle. The manufacturer continuously optimizes all processes from production/technology, materials management and recyclability to transport routes and constantly pays attention to resource-saving energy and material consumption. Last but not least, social and ethical principles are among the top priorities. Thonet has been awarded the "Green Globe Certificate" for its measures of sustainable and environmentally friendly management - further information can be found here.
|Thonet Coffeehouse chairs
|Matching cushion available in different colours
|Click for more information (ca. 2,5 MB).
In the 1850s, the German carpenter Michael Thonet worked intensively to develop a method by which one could shape and form rigid timber. Having eventually perfected his process he went on to design a chair composed of 6 curved wooden parts and which was suitable for industrial mass production. With 36 chairs packed in a 1 cubic meter box the Thonet 214 could be easily shipped worldwide, a fact which meant the Thonet chair quickly became a favourite in cafes, restaurants and other public spaces. And today, over 150 years later the Thonet coffee house chair still impresses with its flowing form in which the backrest becomes the rear legs. A family owned manufacturer in the 5th generation Thonet have a strong sense of tradition, but also a sense for contemporary design. And of humour. As neatly demonstrated by the knot in the right front leg 214 K: a knot which is not only an artistic embellishment of the otherwise reduce linear form but which perfectly demonstrates the versatility and universal applicability of the bentwood process Michael Thonet spent so long developing.
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