520 | Silla By Thonet
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The new upholstered chair 520 is available with or without armrests.
Marco Dessí has created a contemporary interpretation of that heritage in the form of the modern upholstered chair no. 520. Thanks to the different versions available, it’s the perfect chair for multiple use, not only at the dining table: besides combining excellent seating comfort with a pleasantly light look and surprisingly light weight, it radiates a poised elegance that echoes the culture and history of the classic Thonet bentwood chair. In Dessí’s model, the voids between the bentwood elements have been replaced with comfortable upholstery. Its simple, intelligent design permits different versions with and without armrests. In combination with the extensive choice of materials available, this all adds up to a chair collection that’s suitable for a wide range of applications – from sophisticated dining to executive meetings.
Dessí designed two options for backs of the 520 – one with armrests (520 PF) and one without (520 P): “It’s a modern, economical idea based on the same modular principle that Thonet developed more than 150 years ago. ” The possibility of choosing and combining different wood finishes and upholstery coverings makes the 520 extremely versatile as it can be customised to suit a variety of different settings. As a result, the design looks just as much at home in an upscale eatery or family dining room as it does around a conference table.
The innovative process for bending solid wood developed by Michael Thonet in the mid-19th century gave rise to the typical Thonet design language and had a considerable influence on Dessí during the design process: “The fact that the very first Thonet chairs are still in use today demonstrates just how robust, sustainable and utterly contemporary the process is,” he says.