Thonet

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Thonet

Thonet was founded in 1819 in Frankenberg, Germany, and is today one of the oldest furniture manufacturers in the world. It's a family-owned company that has the courage try out new things and come up with groundbreaking ideas and outstanding designs that take root all over the world. The works focus on the combination of form, function and aesthetics. Michael Thonet succeeded in making the breakthrough to industrial production in 1859 in Vienna with chair No.14, later called the Vienna coffee house chair. In the 1930s, the company was the world’s largest producer of this innovative furniture, which was designed by a number of famous architects including Mart Stam, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer. Today, the early tubular steel furniture designs are considered milestones in design history. The Frankenberg-based company also collaborates with renowned international designers, and some of the furniture is designed by the company's own Thonet Design Team.