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...
|Seat and backrest: moulded plywood
Legs and back supports: plywood
|Available with or without armrests
Many other materials & colours available upon request
|Wood should never be exposed to excess moisture. To clean gently wipe with a soft cloth and if necessary a mild, neutral detergent.
Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 0,7 MB).
|Awards & museum
|iF Product Design Award 2009
|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.
|Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 1,9 MB).
The designer Stefan Diez was born in 1971 in Freising, Bavaria, and from early years decided to pursue a creative career: following a carpentry apprenticeship and courses in architecture, he studied industrial design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. His works are characterized by the influences of such renowned designers as Richard Sapper and Konstantin Grcic, for whom he worked as an assistant, before in 2003 he opened his own design studio in Munich. Today he works for a roster of international clients including companies as varied as Moroso, Schönbuch or also Thonet. In cooperation with Thonet Stefan Diez designed the 404 Chair, a work in which he takes the legacy of the manufacturer and interprets their famous bentwood process anew. Made famous by the Viennese coffee house chair 214 the Thonet manufacturing process redefined the formal and material boundaries of wood. A genuine revolution in the early 20th century the process has become commonplace, but as Stefan Diez perfectly demonstrates commonplace need not be a synonym for stereotyped. The chairs 404 / 404F impresses with their organically shaped legs which converge under the seat in a "node" and give over to the ergonomically curved seat. With its exciting design that presents itself differently from every angle, and being as it is available in a wide range of colours and with or without armrests the 404 / 404F is a refreshing and thoroughly contemporary remake of the classic Thonet bentwood chair.
More about '404' in our blog
...Stools such as the 404 series from Stefan Diez working wonderfully with the Michael Thonet classics such as the 209... As an addition to the 404 range Thonet now offer it as a delightful, three-legged bar-chair...
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