Sunday, September 8, 2013

A chair of note




August Thonet of Gebruder Thonet bent wood chair, 1870
Not necessarily built for comfort
A chair made in 1870 of 2 pieces of solid beech wood by August Thonet of the Austrian furniture company Gebruder Thonet (Brothers Thonet) as a demonstration of their steam wood bending technique.

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Gebruder Thonet No. 14 bent wood chair, 1859
Thonet's #14 chair
Gebruder Thonet started as a craftsman but embraced mass production. Michael Thonet, the father of the Thonet Brothers and founder of Gebruder Thonet, even built much of his own machinery. In 1859 they introduced the Thonet's #14 chair and by 1900 they had sold 40 million.

pics from the magazine Fine Woodworking #20 (Jan 1980).

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