This is a rare set of salesman sample furniture made by Thonet, the master of bentwood furniture creator of the iconic bentwood chairs that altered the direction of furniture design. We estimate the manufacture date to be in the late 1860s. This four piece set is comprised of love seat, chair, rocking chair and table. The maker’s original paper label stating Thonet, Wien (Vienna) Austria, is still affixed to the underside of the table. The bentwood is in very good condition, retaining its original finish with beautiful patina. The wicker is destroyed on all but the rocker, upon which it is in excellent condition. The label is proof positive that Thonet manufactured this remarkable set. It truly is an exceptional and rare find. We offer it in original as found condition. This set is featured, but unattributed, on page 30 and 31 of the publication Bentwood and Metal Furniture. Our set is attributed as it retains the makers label. Thonet Bent solid beechwood, Cane Doll
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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?