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.“
The Donkey in the System
Salone 1: In Milan, well-being is the order of the day – Ettore patiently bears burdens,
there are benches, small tables, and large sofas.
A little friend
James van Vossel’s side table 1025 for Thonet
There can certainly be no talk of tubular steel here.
As time goes by
Revivals, evergreens and many colors: imm cologne 2016 likes sending its visitors time traveling. Since it is becoming ever harder to offer something really new, the option is to resort to the archive and refine things.› To the article