Christiane von Savigny, Cantilever chair S 78, 1983. For Thonet. Grassi Museum Leipzig 📷 Constantin Meyer
Eddie Harlis, Thonet chair S664, 1954. Germany
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?