"Simplify the forms to create an elegant, comfortable and widely distributed object". The charm of rigor. An enveloping structure in its essentiality. Few elements in solid steam bent beech make up the structure.
The back and the rear legs take shape from a single piece. Wiener Stuhl is available with different types of seats: in Vienna straw, beech plywood, also perforated, or alternatively with leather or fabric upholstery and upholstery in combination with the backrest.
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.