Our version of the Thonet classic is made from metal for an updated and classic twist. Available in five colours, you'll find one to best suit your home. The curved backrest makes the seat even more comfortable for the sitter as it follows the natural curve of the human back. If you like this, why not get others in our Thonet range?
This classic seat was first manufactured in 1876, where it was marketed as a more comfortable version of the No.14 Chair that had come out 17 years before. Made using the same bentwood technique as its A150 and No.14 predecessors, this chair became a favourite for restaurants and cafés. Still loved today, this design has remained unchanged for over 100 years.
1796-1871 (Germany - Austria)
German designer, Michael Thonet was a skilled furniture craftsman who revolutionised the wood industry when he discovered a new method of bending timber. His painstaking explorations into the limitations and flexibility of wood led to some of the 20th century’s most important advances in materials technology. By 1900, Thonet’s experiments made it possible to make curved furniture from any type of wood, even fragile varieties. He patented a process of bending several layers of wood veneer under heat, which were glued together and then laminated. He used the new shaped materials to create curved chair backs, headboards for beds and arms for sofas. Thonet’s legacy cannot be underestimated. His techniques are still in operation today and Le Corbusier used Thonet furniture in his Pavilion de l'Esprit Nouveau at the 1925 Paris Exhibition. To this day, Thonet’s curved beech chairs with woven cane seats and backs are still just as popular as they were over a hundred years ago. The most iconic being the No. 18 Chair, a more comfortable revision of the earlier No. 14 Chair.
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