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214 Bentwood Chair des. Michael Thonet, 1859 (made by Thonet)


By: Thonet

 You just can't go wrong with a 214.  The history of modern furniture starts here...

The famous coffee house chair was designed shortly after Salts Mill was built. Chair and mill have a lot in common actually - they were both complete game-changers and they're both still adored to this day.

The 214 chair is  considered the most successful mass produced product in the world to date. 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, pared back aesthetic this classic has been used in diverse contexts across the world ever since it was created. 

Dimensions: (W x D x H): 43 x 84 x 52 cm

Seen here in black-stained beech with a cane seat. Available to order in a large variety of colours and finishes, please email 01274 531163. These chairs aren't in stock, they're all made to order, approximate lead time 8-10 weeks. The chair in the photograph is our display model which you're welcome to come and try out in store.

About Michael Thonet

With the invention of bentwood furniture, Michael Thonet laid the cornerstone of industrial production. He was born in 1796 in Boppard/Rhine, where he opened his own workshop in 1819. In 1842 Prince Metternich summoned him to Vienna. Together with his sons he founded a company in 1849; within a short amount of time it became globally successful and expanded rapidly. More than 865,000 bentwood chairs per year were produced in today's Czech Republic, Hungary, and Russia.