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Thonet in 10 frames

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honet’s history spans over two centuries and it’s a known fact that the instinct and mastery of its founding partner revolutionised the world of interior design for ever. In fact, Thonet brought into production possibly one of the most iconic pieces ever to be designed: the n. 14 chair, also known as the straw chair of Vienna. Thonet was first a small workshop, set up in Germany during the first half of the nineteen century. Here, Michael Thonet, an expert cabinet maker, came up with new silhouettes and innovative manufacturing processes like bending timber; this kick-started industrial production. Moreover, products by Thonet have literally invaded both private homes and public spaces; this is mainly due to their affordability. And in the years to come, a rich stock was added to a by now strong production: tubular steel furniture by renowned modern architects and product designers like Mart Stam, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer and Le Corbusier. And after the second world war, Thonet really took the world by storm; Thonet continued its journey of innovation and discovery, while preciously safeguarding its history.

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