With its two hundred years of history, Thonet is one of the oldest furniture manufacturers in the world. Two hundred years that have left their mark on the evolution of design, beginning the history of modern furniture. The entire Thonet collection contains timeless design classics in both curved wood and tubular steel from the Bauhaus period.
Innovation, quality and flexibility
Thonet's story begins in 1859, when its founder Michael Thonet, at the time a cabinetmaker and pioneer of industrial design, moved to Vienna, where, thanks to the support of the Prince of Metternich, he decided to start a production of furniture using the unprecedented technique of bending solid beech wood. With his greatest success, chair no. 14, today 214, Michael Thonet was able to bring a decisive innovation to the world of design, revolutionizing the shapes of classic period furniture and adapting to industrial mass production. From that moment on, Thonet became a world-class company and the iconic chair no. 14 soon became the symbol of Viennese coffee shops. The 214 chair is today among the best-selling chairs in the world despite about 150 years of market presence and icon used in famous films and works of art.
Born in Hungary in 1902, Marcel Breuer was a designer and architect who joined the school of Bauhaus at the age of 18. The designer, who became one of the main teachers of the
movement four years later, encouraged his students to take a methodological perspective to how furniture can be industrially manufactured.
Opening his own architecture office in Berlin in 1928, Breuer went to Harvard University to teach architecture in 1937. He worked with architect Walter Gropius in Cambridge, Massachusetts between 1938 and 1941.
Having moved to New York in 1946, Breuer partook in many projects such as Sarah Lawrence College Theater in New York, the UNESCO center in Paris, De Bijenkorf store in Rotterdam, IBM research center in France, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.