Thonet
214 RE-SEEN

Open back solid wood chair

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214 RE-SEEN By Thonet

Collection

214

Type

Open back solid wood chair

Materials

Solid Wood, Beech

Designers
Manufacture year
2019

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.‎

Dimensions
43 x 52 x 84 cm

214 Collection by Thonet
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