LuThonetteries in Buenos Aires

LuThonetteries 03
LuThonetteries 02
LuThonetteries 01

From August 16 – September 16, 2007 Argentinean sculptor and designer Pablo Reinoso will show several pieces of his series Thoneteando chairs as homage to the 40 years celebration of a group of lute players.

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Centro Cultural Recoleta
Junin 1930, Buenos Aires, Argentine.
Centro Cultural Recoleta (CCR)

Wearable Chairs: Pret-a-Thonet

Wearable Chairs on the Catwalk: Pret-a-Thonet 00

Argentinean Sculptor and designer Pablo Reinoso has designed the Thoneteando series of sculptured chairs based on old Thonet chair designs which he gave a twist.

Pret-a-Thonet is a metaphor for chairs you can wear or wearable chairs.

Wearable Chairs on the Catwalk: Pret-a-Thonet 01

For the first time they appeared on a catwalk as part of the 2007 Autumn / Winter fashion show of David Delfin.

Wearable Chairs on the Catwalk: Prêt-à-Thonet 02

For the second time they will appear in the presentation of the Spring / Summer Fashion collection of Martin Churba, titled Tropico, on August 21, 2007 in Buenos Aires, Palacio del Correo Central, Samiento 151.

Pablo Reinoso: Thoneteando – Variations on Thonet

Pablo Reinoso
Pablo Reinoso

Thanks to Luis of Mocoloco I came across Pablo Reinoso, an Argentinean sculptor and designer who has designed chairs of his own:

Pablo Reinoso High Chair
Pablo Reinoso High Chair

But for me, and maybe for many others he is more important as the sculptor of Thoneteando, or variations on old Thonet chair designs which he gives a twist:

Thoneteando 1
Rising Thonet ?
Thoneteando 2
Melting Thonet?
Thoneteando 3
Skirted Thonet, or Thonet ‘a la Hawaienne?

Until September 8, 2007 there is an exhibition of the Thoneteando series in Buenos Aires, in Gallerie Ruth Benzacar.

I love it as Thonet afficionado!

Thonet Australia

I wasn’t aware of it, but there is an Australian Thonet company Thonet Australia Pty Ltd which I found through Infolink Com Au

Since 1979, Thonet has been bringing a proud tradition of furniture design and innovation to Australia through its distribution of Thonet bentwood chairs, produced in original factories established in 1880 by the Thonet family. Our collection extends to other leading European manufacturers such as Amat-3, Tolix and De Sede. We also carry locally produced tables and soft seating for hospitality, commercial and domestic use.

Thonet History


Thonet no 14

Yes, I am fascinated by the Thonet History!

I copied this short history time line from the German Thonet Factory‘s site:

  • 1796 Company founder Michael Thonet was born in Boppard am Rhein, Germany.
  • 1819 The Thonet firm was founded in Boppard am Rhein.
  • 1842 Prince Metternich called Michael Thonet to Vienna where Thonet played a leading role in the fitting out of Palais Lichtenstein and Palais Schwarzenberg.
  • 1853 Michael Thonet handed over the business to his five sons: the company Gebrueder Thonet was registered.
  • 1856 The first furniture factory was founded in Korycany (Moravia); five further production plants in Eastern Europe were opened in the years that followed.
  • 1859 The consumer chair Thonet No. 14 (today: No. 214…in Germany) reached the production stage.
  • 1889 Founding of the factory in Frankenberg/Eder as the first production plant in Germany.
  • 1912 Highest production level of 2 million articles per year.
  • 1923 Merger to become Thonet Mundus.
  • 1929 Takeover of Standard Möbel Furniture Company of Marcel Breuer and  purchase of the rights to designs by Marcel Breuer.
  • 1931 Production start for the first cantilevered chair S 43  by Mart Stam.
  • 1938 Thonet Mundus shares bought back by the Thonet family.
  • 1945 Dispossession from the facilities in Eastern Europe and destruction of the Thonet building in Vienna; bomb attack on the facility in Frankenberg.
  • 1945-1953 Factory in Frankenberg rebuilt by Georg Thonet.
  • 1953 Thonet exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
  • 1961 The Federal Court of Justice confirms Mart Stam’s artistic copyright of the cantilever chair
  • 1989 Opening of the Thonet Museum in its current form.

I have followed the development of the website over quite some years now, but finally it is getting better and better only recently.

In addition it is interesting to know that the Austrian Firm has been acquired by Poltrona Frau, the Italian chair manufacturer, who do less and less with their web presence.

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