214 RE-SEEN By Thonet
Open back solid wood chair
Solid Wood, Beech
The subtle distinction: a smart colour concept for a design icon
Design no. 14 (today 214): Michael Thonet (1859), re-interpreted by Studio Besau Marguerre (2019)
At the occasion of the company’s 200th anniversary, Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau created a special version of the famous Thonet Coffee House Chair 214. This icon will be available exclusively in 2019 in four contemporary two-tone colour versions: in black, white, velvet red and sage. Their special feature: the connecting elements of the chair are stained several shades lighter than the seat ring and legs. The play of colours attracts the eye to the ingenious, minimalistic construction and, at the same time, transports its classic silhouette into a contemporary context.
The natural look of the stains creates a translucent effect and the contemporary interpretation of classic colours creates a modern look.
The versions in detail
The anniversary edition of the 214 is made of beech wood. The seat is available with stretched wicker cane. The available stain colours of the anniversary edition are two-tone black, two-tone white, two-tone sage, and two-tone velvet red.
The famous coffee house chair is an icon and considered the most successful mass produced product in the world to date: it initiated the history of modern furniture. The basis was a new technique – the bending of solid wood – that Michael Thonet developed and perfected during the 1850s, and it was the first time serial furniture production was possible. Added was an ingenious distribution model: 36 disassembled chairs could be packed into a one cubic metre box, shipped throughout the world, and then assembled on site. With its clear, reduced aesthetics this classic has been placed in the most diverse environments for more than 150 years. It is produced in our Frankenberg facility.