Small, nice companions and eye catchers – Thonet coffee and side tables
The perfect place for a tea cup, book, vase with fresh flowers or favourite magazine – side tables are both practical and decorative. The portfolio of the furniture manufacturer Thonet includes high-quality chairs, armchairs and sofas as well as versatile side furniture that offers functional storage surfaces and completes comfortable seating groups in an aesthetic way. Thonet’s history of the low tables began in the 1920s with Marcel Breuer. Today, the portfolio of side tables ranges from Breuer’s classic tubular steel range B 9 and the variable use table set B 97, which also dates back to the Bauhaus era, to contemporary designs. The latter include, for example, the wooden table 1025 by James Van Vossel with its playful design, and the side table S 18, a design by Uli Budde from 2017. The space-saving furniture elegantly fits in with ensembles and living environments, unfolds its effect as a stand-alone piece or even fulfils its practical function outside in outdoor versions.
Range B 9 – functional classics in various heights
The architect and Bauhaus teacher Marcel Breuer is considered a pioneer of tubular steel furniture: in 1925, he conducted initial material experiments with cold-bent tubular steel. Breuer was so fascinated with Michael Thonet’s working method and bentwood technique that he tried to translate the principles of bent wood as a material into steel. This idea resulted in the series B 9 in 1925, which was presented in Thonet’s 1930/31 card catalogue. The side tables and footstools B 9 a-d can be pushed beneath each other in a space-saving way and, then as today, are offered individually or as a set.
The special feature of this range is its functional simplicity – the set tables only consist of chrome-plated, bent tubular steel and rectangular panels. Over the course of the decades, Thonet has introduced numerous versions: in addition to the classic version with beech wood tabletops (stained or lacquered), range B 9 is also offered with glass tabletops or the high-quality ThonetDur® laminate. In the “Pure Materials” series, the tables are available in versions with oiled wood, and the “Classics in Colour” collection presents seven bright colours for the frames. In the “Thonet All Seasons” collection, the tables B 9 are also available with weather-resistant “ThonetProtect®” surfaces for the frames and tabletops made of solid core laminate or exposed concrete, enabling their optimal use in gardens and on terraces.
Set B 97 – the elegant set tables
More tubular steel classics: the set B 97 is a design by Thonet from 1933. In its dimensions, it is reminiscent of Marcel Breuer’s set tables B 9. The changed construction is characterised by its ingenious opening on one side and their resemblance to cantilever chairs. The opening allows the two side tables B 97 a and B 97 b with their different heights to be flexibly pulled over the edges of sofas, armchairs or beds, or they can be pushed into each other to save space. The frames are made of chrome-plated tubular steel and also available lacquered in the “Classics in Colour” tones. The tabletops are offered in different versions, as well: in stained beech, lacquered or with structured paint, in silk-matte with ThonetDur® or glass surface. With the weather-resistant “ThonetProtect®” surface for the frames and tabletops made of solid core laminate or exposed concrete, the side tables B 97 are can also be variably used as “Thonet All Seasons” furniture – indoors and outdoors.
The wooden table 1025 – produced with high precision and a sculptural appearance
The side table 1025 by James Van Vossel represents maximum elegance and minimalistic essence: three wooden legs placed in regular 120-degree intervals describe an imaginary circle on the floor. On the surface of the tabletop they appear as perfectly lined-up flush circles. The different grain pattern of the three table legs, which taper towards the top and bottom, creates an additional graphic effect contrasting with the tabletop. “The goal was to create a eureka effect. The playful construction aims to arouse curiosity and gives the model a sculptural appearance – an exhibition piece for private living rooms,” says designer James Van Vossel. The side table 1025 is available in ash, oak and walnut and convinces with its high-precision production, where sophisticated technology meets masterful craftsmanship.
Model S 18 – a sophisticated design by Uli Budde
The side table S 18 introduced in 2017 is multi-faceted and unites both a young and classic character. The circle is the dominant element of this design and can be found in the form of the tabletop and the bottom of the base. The frame is made of tubular steel and is reminiscent of an infinite loop, hinting at Marcel Breuer’s typical Bauhaus line management. The geometric appearance of this side table reveals ever-new perspectives. With the graphic and poetic signature of designer Uli Budde, the S 18 symbolises a contemporary occupation with the Thonet DNA. The black side table is perfectly suitable for lounge and living environments and, due to its minimalistic design, can be combined with numerous pieces from the Thonet portfolio.
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