Sometimes being busy can do wonders on your creativity.  Managing a growing business and having a family surely keep my hands full!  However, the mind allows special things to peek through once & again.  Tonight, I was sitting on my sofa & Michael Thonet came to mind.  That man was a genius.  In 1859, he created Chair no 14 – which is still coined “The Chair of Chairs”.

Thonet used “bentwood” technology – which basically applies moisture to wood grain to allow for bending.  This is the same methodology that Alvar Aalto, Josef Hoffman, Frank Lloyd Wright, Isamu Noguchi & current day designers use to turn rigid form into something delicate.  Bentwood help transition Vienna Succession to International Art Nouveau – and on to Arts & Crafts – French Art Deco and 50’s biomorphism.

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Thonet’s Chair No. 14 (now 214) has completely withstood the test of time. Light, airy, impeccably designed – this chair can suit traditional to contemporary environments… the timely, timeless chair.






This ad is from a Thonet 1937 catalog:

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