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january 2020

High dining with Range 118


Design: Sebastian Herkner, 2018/2019


Range 118, a collection of elegant wooden chairs by Sebastian Herkner for Thonet, was first launched in early 2018 and has successfully established itself on the market in the meantime. It is now being extended again with the addition of new, comfortable barstools and upholstered versions that will make their debut at imm cologne 2020.


As soon as Sebastian Herkner’s 118 chair was launched, market watchers intuitively realised that he had managed to forge a link between Thonet’s heritage and the present day as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Both simple and sophisticated, the design is based on the same principle that Michael Thonet developed back in the mid-19th century: a chair reduced to the smallest possible number of components. The 118 chair range cites the 214 – the archetype of the Thonet chair – with a seat frame bent from a single piece of wood and a wickerwork seat. But more than anything else, it’s the details that give the chair range a very special touch despite its innate simplicity: the legs are rounded at the back and contoured by slight edges at the front to echo the horseshoe shape of the seat. The result is an unusually subtle elegance that characterises the entire 118 range.


Comfortable barstools and soft upholstery for the 118 – the new versions in detail


The new 118 H barstools that will be celebrating their official premiere at imm cologne 2020 share the same distinctive features as the 118 chair. They too have been developed for contemporary requirements in both the home and the hospitality sector, where the trend is very much towards tall tables and high counters. Available in two heights (65 and 75 cm), the barstool models in the 118 range are the perfect solution for such settings. They are equipped with a small backrest that provides the crucial support necessary for guests who want to linger in comfort.


The new versions offer an additional comfort bonus in the form of padded seats, giving rise to an intriguing contrast between the elegantly understated wooden elements and the comfy cushioning.


Range 118 comes in natural beech, various stained finishes and a high-gloss version. In addition to the wickerwork and upholstered versions, a moulded seat is also available.


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