Chair 808 by Formstelle – 2015 IMM Cologne 04
Thonet Germany has developed a new line of easy chairs, the 808, with German design studio Formstelle.
Formstelle is a studio located in GRÜNWALD, just south of Munich, of Claudia Kleine and Jörg Kürschner since 2001.
Thonet Balloon Rocker by Hester Oerlemans
Before I post my next post I want to feature this chair installation by Hester Oerlemans.
Thonet no 1. Chair in The Vienna MAK Museum.
Thonet Back in Vienna?
My first discovery of Thonet was in Vienna at the Kohlmarkt in the 70ies. Then Thonet Brothers Austria was a separate entity and had a posh interior shop there. Since then Thonet Brothers Austria had been acquired by the Italian furniture company Poltrona Frau, but Poltrona didn’t do a lot with it. It almost burried Thonet.
In Februari, 2013, in an article in the Austrian Die Presse I’ve read Thonet would come back to Vienna.
The place where Thonet was expected to open shop is Stilwerk which may be translated as Style Factory, an organization that offers four exclusive design centers in Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Vienna tooffer luxury interior design, design products and lifestyle accessories a presentation platform under one roof.
Howeve0r, looking at the Stilwerk site for Vienna, alas the Vienna Thonet Showroom is not shown there, whereas Ton is represented in Stilwerk….It seems the plans fell through. Too bad.
This was a photo that went with the article. Nice display i would say.
Actually I know there is at least one Thonet related person in our mailing list. Could he or she chime in here?
Michael Thonet, Chair No. 14 (1859) Via Phaidon Design Classics:
Probably the single most commercially successful chair ever produced (50 million sold between 1859 and 1930), No. 14 embodies the radical developments of Michael Thonet’s pioneering steam bending process, which paved the way for mass-produced furniture