009 Thonet no.14 chair, 1859 / トーネット no.14チェアとその背景

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009 Thonet no.14, 1859, Classic chairs, Products

How to assemble Thonet no.14 chair / トーネット14チェアの組み立て方


Thonet No.14 chair
Designed by Michael Thonet, 1859
Steam-bent beech, cane seat

After Thonet had made a number of experiments into the practicality of steam bending, this particular chair design developed into the first mass-produced chair in history.

When certain types of wood are steamed, they become flexible, and can be bent into shape around a former. Steam bending means less waste, so it is an economical and environmentally friendly method of production.

You can see the steam bending process in the Thonet factory here.

The design was very advanced for it’s time and had several advantages. For instance, 36 disassembled chairs packed into a one cubic metre box for transportation.  The chair became an icon of Viennese coffee-house culture, and over 150 years later it is still in production.

contemporary version, 214 on Thonet website

トーネット No.14

曲げ木の発明者には諸説がありますが、ミヒャエル・トーネットがいろいろな家具で試して実用化の道を開いたことは間違いありません。No. 14の椅子は、トーネット社が数多く作った家具の中で最初に量産された椅子です。






Interior for the Thonet no.14 chair

The background for this paper model references the interior of a Viennese coffee house. They often have high ceilings and arched windows, as well as upholstered benches and low white curtains to provide a little privacy from the street view. And, of course, lots of coffee house are still using Thonet chairs today.



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