All the well-known bentwood and tubular-steel classics as well as the contemporary collections are manufactured in Frankenberg. Thonet develops innovative products of superior quality and longevity using quality materials and simple forms. A recent success is the design by the German contributor Stefan Diez: in his timber chair series 404 he uses – in best Thonet tradition – bentwood construction, but in this case the wood is modern molded plywood or hardwood. The 404 series uses a totally new type of construction. The seat becomes the connecting element for the legs and back support, the back support has a very pleasant ’give’ to it. Says Diez: „The history of Thonet, for me, is closely linked to the subject of three-dimensionality: this crazy idea of bending wood like this – it’s as if it has grown a second time.“
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The “Bentwood Sofa 2002” by Christian Werner for Thonet
You need a grand gesture if a famous café chair is to morph into a state-of-the-art settee.
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Claudia Kleine and Jörg Kürschner together constitute “Formstelle”. At the Thonet booth at the imm cologne the designer duo presented a much-discussed lounge chair. Thomas Wagner spoke to them both about the “808”, the design process and the issue of how one can cocoon and nevertheless remain open-minded.› To the article
Flying elephant stools, Chinese felt dragons and upholstered elevated chairs: For the third time, the imm cologne’s “Featured Editions”curated by Stylepark are captivating visitors.› To the article