The great classic.
The best known and sold product. Designed by Michael Thonet in 1860, the No. 14 was immediately characterized as the bistro chair. Minimalist for the use of the material and for the number of pieces that constitute it, only six, the No. 14 is the result of a technological research lasting almost twenty years. Simple, versatile and always up to date, it is considered the first example of industrial design. Its structure is made up of masterfully curved steam-bent solid beech elements. The back and the rear legs take shape from a single piece of wood. Available with different seat variants.
(Boppard 1796 – Vienna 1871) trained as a cabinetmaker, specialising in geometric marquetry.
A furniture designer and producer, in 1830 he began to experiment with using bent wood to make chairs, and in 1841 succeeded in filing a patent for a new process treating strips of beech with steam or boiling them in water and glue with minimal costs to provide an innovative, very light, flexible and durable material.
In 1849 he moved to Vienna, opened a factory that manufactured chairs, coffee tables, clothes racks, etc., marked by their simple and linear design, with immediate and long-lasting success. Thonet opened new factories in Moravia and in Hungary to increase production and opened sales showrooms in the main European and American cities.