For dining, discussions and work: large tables from Thonet
Dining tables are no longer just used for dining but have become communication centres almost everywhere, the place where you meet for a nice dinner with friends, where homework is done and where the family council meets. The trend towards open floor plans, where kitchen and dining room seamlessly merge, strengthens the role of the long dining table as the core of homes. Residential working worlds with large, flexible use tables play an important role. All three models from the Thonet portfolio meet the demands of modern interiors: range S 1090 introduced this year with its two matching bench versions offers plenty of room for ten people, while the successful tubular steel table range S 1070 with extendible models is ideally suited for spur-of-the-moment dinner guests in the evening. Table 1060, which has a lightweight and contemporary look with agreeable haptics and organically flowing lines, is an inviting meeting point and optimally fits in with the Thonet history.
A generous seating group: range S 1090 (2017)
“The idea of the long dining table brings back memories of beautiful events such as family gatherings or an afternoon in a beer garden where you sit opposite each other and communicate eye to eye. We intuitively want to transfer this feeling into homes.” This is how designer Randolf Schott describes the need of many people for a larger dining table as a social meeting point in their homes. This idea accompanied him during the design of the solid wood table S 1090, which is conceived for large social gatherings with its length of 2.5 metres and two matching bench versions. The wood of the tabletop, seats and backrest – available in solid ash or oak, or veneered – and the frames made of thin, bent flat steel along with the bentwood elements of the optional leg traverse establish a suspenseful mix of materials. Used as a footrest, the traverse affords a comfortable seating posture and creates a natural boundary to the person sitting on the other side of the table. The suggested boat shape of the solid tabletop that can be found – cut longitudinally in half – in the seats of the benches, makes taking a seat easy. The undulating edges are another sophisticated visual detail of the tabletop. The tables of the classic refectory, the dining hall of a monastery, served as inspiration for Randolf Schott’s range S 1090.
Inviting and with a wealth of subtleties: the solid wood table 1060 (2016)
Table 1060 by Jorre van Ast is a successful example of the synthesis of Thonet’s bentwood heritage and contemporary, graphic formal language. The individual elements of the base are made of bent solid wood and establish a reference to Thonet’s long tradition of bending wood. A lightweight, rectangular tabletop with rounded corners rests on two pairs of legs that divide towards the top and open up at an angle like a V turned upside down. A slender, round wood traverse beneath the tabletop cleverly connects the two pairs of legs. The warm wooden material and the organically flowing lines of this table make it an appealing meeting place in homes or a centrepiece of modern conferencing areas.
A dining table for all occasions: range S 1070 (2004)
Relating to the Bauhaus style, the dining table range S 1070 by Glen Oliver Löw combines the traditional materials that are typical for Thonet: a simple wooden tabletop made of beech, ash, walnut or oak rests on an elegantly curved tubular steel frame, which provides the table with a buoyant lightness. The U-shaped bent legs are connected with a tubular steel traverse that longitudinally runs along the floor. Thanks to the absolutely reduced form and use of materials, the table fits in with any interior – work or residential – and, combined with different pieces of furniture, creates a harmonious overall image. In versions S 1071 and S 1072, the table can be easily extended with insert panels – a practical add-on for larger groups.
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