Gebrueder Thonet Vienna are at the ball again after years and years of neglegt.
The Brezel is a new interpretation of their bentwood armchairs by design studion LucidiPevere.
LucidiPevere Design Studio
Paolo Lucidi (1974)
Luca Pevere (1977)
They both graduated from the “Politecnico di Milano” and gained professional experience working with Marc Sadler and Marco Ferreri (2002 – 2006) for numerous international companies.
They started to develop their first projects together in 2003 and in 2006 founded their studio LucidiPevere. LucidiPevere constantly work on different types of new products using unusual techniques and aesthetic languages in order to achieve the right formal solution. They collaborate with companies from different countries and cultures; some of the brands they work with are Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Very Wood, Living Divani, Ligne Roset, Casamania, DeCastelli, Foscarini, Kristalia, Glass Idromassaggio, Normann Copenhagen, Comforty, Fiam, ColomboDesign, Dimensione Disegno, Teracrea and Samsung. Their products are shown in museums in Europe and in the United States and have won major awards such as Designpreis Deutschland, Red Dot Design Award, Good Design Award, Leuchte des Jahres 2011, Good Design Award, Must Have at Design Festival in Łódz, ADI Index selection for the XXIII Compasso d’Oro and many more.
They have taken part in several exhibitions in Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Germany, France, the United States and have appeared in different publications, books and magazines. They have recently been invited to the Vienna Design Week as one of the 10 European players of the Passionswege 2011 Event and they have taught at many Italian university design faculties.
Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH, now known as Wiener GTV Design had invited Gamfratesi to create a small collection that reflected the clear tradition of bending wood and woven cane, but with contemporary aestethic and proportions.
The result is a sofa, chair and small writing desk. The collection has been presented during the Salone del Mobile in Milan 2015.
The Targa sofa was winner of the EDIDA – Elle Decor International Design Award as Best Furniture of the year in 2016
GamFratesi is the Danish/Italian design duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi. Their office is in Copenhagen.
Each of the pieces of this collection comes in striking but neutral colors that are bound to make a statement. The chairs are made of bent beech with an upholstered backrest and Vienna straw border. Soft and curvy, Targa is sleek and luxurious, but not too stuffy. Its round shape encourages intimate and cozy socializing, and is perfect for residential spaces with an unconventional twist.
Via Design Milk
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 to offer luxury interior design, design products and lifestyle accessories a presentation platform under one roof.
However, looking at the Stilwerk site for Vienna, 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?