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The Viennese café chair was revolutionary not just for the wood bending design, but it was designed to be mass produced. Thonet was a pioneer, and no wonder that 150 years later, the company still carries Michael Thonet’s innovative design legacy.
I’m sure the Viennese café chair isn’t the only product you recognize from Thonet. The classic bar stool and the tubular steel chairs are the other Thonet classics known world wide and still loved today.
In addition to wood bending – Thonet masters the steel bending and is also a pioneer in the tubular steel designs. One of the most well known chairs is the Thonet S 32 / S 64 designed by Marcel Breuer in 1930, and is a mix of tubular steel, wood, and wicker. While the original Thonet pieces were available only in few colors/finishes, now the company makes their most popular styles in more finishes and colors.
GET IT NOW Get your Thonet – or one of the Thonet inspired looks like these..
1. Vienna Side Chair from Crate and Barrel $119 is produced in original Thonet factory. 2. Tylösand fabric sofa from IKEA $900 may be far from Thonet’s sofa… but it will be the one you can afford even if you don’t think you will keep orange forever. 3. Bistro Chair from Pottery Barn $139 4. Vitra Miniatures – Stuhl no.14 Chair by Michael Thonet at All Modern $210. 5. Tobias chair from IKEA $99 is plastic but has the Thonet inspired tubular steel design.