A great classic in the history of the brand.
Conceived by the company in the second half of the nineteenth century and conceived to meet specific requirements for functionality, No. 18 is one of the most used chairs in bistros around the world. The curved element that also enriches the central part of the backrest, adds comfort to the seat, available in different variants and at the same time determines the unmistakable profile. The backrest and the rear legs take shape from a single piece of steam-bent wood today like yesterday.
(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.