This month we're celebrating one our favorite dining chairs...Michael Thonet chairs.
Micheal was an innovator, creating the celebrated bentwood chair. As a matter of fact, he was awarded a bronze medal for his Vienna bentwood chair; an international breakthrough.
Later, in 1859 chair Nr. 14 - better known as Konsumstuhl Nr. 14, coffee shop chair no. 14 - still called the "chair of chairs" with some 50 million produced up until 1930; yielded a gold medal for Thonet's enterprise at the 1867 Paris World's Fair. The "Bistro" chair was made of six pieces of steam-bentwood, ten screws, and two nuts. The wooden parts were made by heating beechwood slats to 100 degrees Celsius, pressing them into curved cast-iron molds, and then drying them at around 70 degrees Celsius for 20 hours.
Now, the chair is made of eight pieces of wood; two diagonal braces were added between the seat + back to strengthen joints. The seat often made of woven cane or palm.
Thonet with cushion in vibrant colors
photo: O. Bungo Photograph
Updated in pastels
photo: Nordic Rooms
This lovely modern antique is still being produced by Thonet, it's new name is 214.
PS, Happy New Year!