traditional chair / bistro / fabric / bentwood
fabric, bentwood, leather
by Michael Thonet
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 meter 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.
By the way, a glance is enough to see whether you are holding a genuine 214 in your hands. On the
bottom of the seat frame of every Thonet chair – historical and contemporary – has a branded signet
of the company with the production year. Newer models can also be identified by the trapezoid seat.
Thonet replaced the original round seat in 1960 with this clearly more comfortable version.