The Berlin-based practice Läufer + Keichel have teamed up with Thonet and the result of this collaboration, the ‘330’ chair will be officially launched during the upcoming edition of the Orgatec fair which will take place next week (23 – 27.10) in Cologne. Inspired by ‘the ambience of artists’ studios, theatre stages and literary cafés’, the chair is part of the ‘330’ product family which also includes a table and armchair designs. (more…)
The Barcelona-based design studio Lievore Altherr Molina have recently collaborated with the acclaimed German furniture brand Thonet on this collection of upholstered chairs called ‘190’. The series, which is accompanied by a similarly simple, no-frills ‘1190’ table, is available in either oiled oak or walnut, with or without armrests and with leather or textile cover. (more…)
The Hamburg based architect Hadi Teherani developed a new conference table for the German manufacturer Thonet. We met him at this year’s Orgatec to get some additional information about the project and about his work in general. Enjoy!
The German manufacturer Thonet presents these novelties at this year’s Salone del Mobile. Naoto Fukasawa’s new solid wooden chair is an addition to the ‘1131’ table Thonet presented last year.
'130' chair by Naoto Fukasawa for Thonet
“First, I perceived these chairs as design classics. But then I realised that their main quality lies in their sustainability and environmental friendliness: there is no material wastage, and the chairs are very lightweight,” says Fukasawa. “They meet all the requirements for a perfect product. I deeply respect this and therefore I have tried to base my designs for Thonet on the same philosophy. I wanted to create something very simple, something uncomplicated for Thonet.”
'130' chair by Naoto Fukasawa for Thonet
Through the use of wood, Marc Venot has re-interpreted the classic B9 tubular steel nested table set by Marcel Breuer. The tables are available in three different heights, either individually or as a set.
Stefan Diez’s ‘404 H’ bar stool for Thonet has received a coveted iF gold award. At today’s awards ceremony in Hanover, the piece was praised for its ‘honest design and perfect proportions’.
'404 H' bar stool by Stefan Diez for Thonet
Beyond its elegant form, the stool’s seat, which is reminiscent of a saddle, is designed to give slightly when the user sits on it. The 50 iF gold award winners represent 39 countries and were selected from a total of almost 2,500 entries. The awards scheme has been running for over 50 years.
In line with strict environmental policies of both companies, materials and manufacturing processes have been carefully selected both for their minimal impact on the environment and for their cost.
‘Muji manufactured by Thonet’ is a collection of simplified, stylised Thonet designs made of bentwood and tubular steel, manufactured to Thonet’s customary high standards at their Frankenberg HQ and available exclusively at Muji stores in Japan, Germany, Paris and the UK.
The tubular steel series was created by Konstantin Grcic and comprises a chair and desk in three sizes. Three polypropylene drawers can be suspended beneath the MDF table top.
By uniting the design heritage, skilled craftsmanship and manufacturing capabilities of Thonet with the streamlined design aesthetic of Muji, not to mention its youthful, design savvy audience, beautiful designs gain new relevance for today’s modern, urban lifestyle. The beech bentwood collection takes Thonet’s most famous bentwood chair, No. 14, as its inspiration. (This design – now called the 214 chair – still features in the Thonet collection, this year celebrating its 150th birthday.)
The beech, bent wood collection was designed by Milan-based, British creative director of Thonet James Irvine and features a single panel supporting the back of the chair, which aligns with the accompanying table top.
There are plans to enhance the collection in the near future. Both Muji and Thonet have collaborated with international designers in the past. What is ground breaking for both companies is their decision to work together with named designers to reinterpret important design masterpieces from Thonet’s historic back catalogue, making them accessible to a younger, broader, ‘Muji’ marketplace.
'404 H', reminiscent of the historic Thonet bentwood models
At this year´s Milan fair Thonet presented the three-legged 404 H barstool by Stefan Diez with its distinctive, saddle-like seat. Like the previous modell, the 404 chair, the barstool is also made of laminated wood only. Thanks to the smart construction, no screws or other materials needed to be used.
The chairs are available in natural wood or stained in various colours.