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Brochure "Tubular Steel Classics"


Thonet tubular steel furniture: a collection of timeless value expanded with a contemporary interpretation


The development of tubular steel furniture in the 1920s and 1930s is considered a milestone in the history of modern furniture and in the corporate history of Thonet. The clear, open and simple form of the furniture excellently matched the new objective architecture of the time and embodied an entirely new interior design style. Transparency, restraint and functionality characterise all tubular steel designs from that era. The most important “invention” was the cantilever chair, the flexing cantilever chair without back legs, which is one of the most important design innovations of the 20th century. Thonet was interested in the new technology at an early point in time and had already established contact with the young Bauhaus architects in the 1920s – resulting in promising cooperations. In the 1930s, the company became the largest manufacturer of tubular steel furniture in the world. The models were designed by renowned designers associated with the Bauhaus, including Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In addition, numerous in-house designs were included in the comprehensive collection. This furniture has been produced in the Thonet plant in Frankenberg (Germany) from the beginning, with the greatest possible precision in the craftsmanship and a love for details, and shipped worldwide from there. With this brochure we invite you to take a journey through history and be inspired by design icons – here and now. You can order the Magazine in print through info(at)


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