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Thonet, Alemania

Thonet’s unprecedented success story started with the work of master joiner Michael Thonet (1796 – 1871). Since the opening of his first workshop in Boppard/Rhine the name Thonet – the most famous furniture brand worldwide – has represented superior quality as well as innovative and elegant furniture for private or professional use. Today the company is located in Frankenberg/Eder and is run as a family concern by Claus Thonet and his brothers Peter and Philipp – direct descendants of Michael Thonet. Famous bentwood and tubular-steel classics from the Bauhaus era are complemented with current designs by renowned contemporary designers such as Wulf Schneider, Alfredo Häberli, Christophe Marchand, Norman Foster, Delphin Design, Lepper Schmidt Sommerlade, Glen Oliver Löw, Piero Lissoni and James Irvine, who also fills the role of art director.

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.“
Productos
Thonet: 2002 @ Stylepark
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Thonet
2002
Christian Werner
 
Thonet: S 832 @ Stylepark
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Thonet
S 832
Emilia Becker
 
Thonet: 860  @ Stylepark
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Thonet
860
Lydia Brodde
 
Thonet: S 651 @ Stylepark
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Thonet
S 651
Sabine Hutter
 
Thonet: S 831 @ Stylepark
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Thonet
S 831
Emilia Becker
 
Thonet: S 651 F @ Stylepark
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Thonet
S 651 F
Sabine Hutter
 
Articles
What only the giraffe knows

What only the giraffe knows

This year during there were once again countless items of furniture and special moments during the Milan Salone. A small photo album of memories.

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In praise of the band

In praise of the band

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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New Sense of Comfort or GreyUrbanUnderIslandTropicAir

New Sense of Comfort or GreyUrbanUnderIslandTropicAir

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.

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