Then came World War II, and Thonet lost all of its facilities in the Eastern European states through expropriation. The Vienna sales office at Stephansplatz was destroyed. In the years 1945 to 1953, Georg Thonet, company founder Michael Thonet’s great-grandson, rebuilt the facility in Frankenberg/Eder (in the north of Hesse), which had also been reduced to ash and rubble. Economic success quickly returned, and again the company sought the cooperation of outstanding designers such as Egon Eiermann, Verner Panton, Eddie Harlis, Hanno von Gustedt, Rudolf Glatzel, Pierre Paulin, Gerd Lange, Hartmut Lohmeyer, Ulrich Böhme and Wulf Schneider, Alfredo Häberli, Christophe Marchand, Lord Norman Foster, Delphin Design, Glen Oliver Löw, James Irvine, Piero Lissoni, Lievore Altherr Molina, Naoto Fukasawa, Lepper Schmidt Sommerlade, Hadi Teherani and Läufer + Keichel. The list of designers who have worked for Thonet in the past 70 years is long and top caliber.
To this day, the legacy of Michael Thonet, who wrote a piece of design history with a material and an idea, continues to live on in our furniture. Today, the family tradition is co-designed by the sixth generation, which is currently actively involved in the company’s business.