A historical re-edition with all the charm of past times.
A walking stick or folding stool made from bent beech wood with a woven cane seat connecting the three curved legs. The swan’s neck handle also provides a comfortable backrest. Legend has it that the empress Elizabeth of Austria purchased one of these on the famous Strauchgasse, the historical shopping street in Vienna, and it never left her side once throughout her travels around Europe. And today Princess Sissi’s favourite walking stick is available in several new colours.
Michael Thonet (1796-1871) and his five children were the most successful furniture manufacturers of the industrial era. Invited by Austrian chancellor Metternich, who had seen his products at the Exhibition of the Society of the Friends of the Arts in Koblenz, to develop his own patent in Austria, in 1842 Michael Thonet left Boppard, in Germany, to settle in Vienna, where in 1853 he founded the company "Gebrüder Thonet" involving his five children.
In the capital of the Hapsburg Empire, Michael Thonet went from glued laminated wood to steam-curved rods, that is, to an industrial chemical and mechanical process. Thanks to this innovation he began to produce wooden furniture proposing a collection of elegant and at the same time rational forms, with a process that allowed mass production.
In 1911 the Gebrüder Thonet catalog had 980 different models. At the end of the Second World War independent production units were born in various nations. Recently Gebrüder Thonet Vienna has developed its activity between tradition and innovation, continuity and renewal, giving life to an articulated production program, which aims in the first place to recover a series of historical objects created by Gebrüder Thonet in the form of re-editions.
The name Gebrüder Thonet Vienna represents the very idea of contemporary furniture.