Thonet's Bentwood & Tubular Steel Chairs are IN

April 24, 2010 Katja Presnal

Thonet chairs, Thonet inspired chairs, bentwood chairs, Tubular Steel chairs

Now if ever it is time to bend it like Beckham Thonet. Thonet’s classic chairs are in, and Thonet’s name is starting to pop all over, Thonet even designed some elements for the 2011 Volvo C70.

Thonet of Germany is known for bending of solid wood and especially known for it’s chairs. Michael Thonet developed and perfected a wood bending technique during the 1850s and it made serial furniture production was possible, the technique is still used today. It took him over 20 years to perfect the technique, and the end result, the one of the most known Thonet chairs, the Viennese café chair, is still a popular design today.

Thonet chairs, Thonet inspired chairs, bentwood chairs, Tubular Steel chairs

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.

Thonet chairs, Thonet inspired chairs, bentwood chairs, Tubular Steel chairs

Thonet chairs, Thonet inspired chairs, bentwood chairs, Tubular Steel chairs

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.

Thonet chairs, Thonet inspired chairs, bentwood chairs, Tubular Steel chairs

Thonet chairs, Thonet inspired chairs, bentwood chairs, Tubular Steel chairs

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.

Thonet chairs, Thonet inspired chairs, bentwood chairs, Tubular Steel chairs

Thonet chairs, Thonet inspired chairs, bentwood chairs, Tubular Steel chairs

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Get your Thonet – or one of the Thonet inspired looks like these..

Thonet chairs, Thonet inspired chairs, bentwood chairs, Tubular Steel chairs

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.

Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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