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February 2017

Elbphilharmonie – great flexibility for small hall  

Thonet furnishes Hamburg concert hall with chair range S 160   


The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg designed by the Zurich architectural office Herzog & de Meuron, which was officially inaugurated in January 2017 with plenty of international interest, fascinates with extraordinary acoustics and its expressive architecture. In addition to the main hall characterised by its “Weinberg architecture”, the concert house also has a smaller hall, which was furnished with Thonet chairs just like the Kaistudio. 760 chairs of range S 160 by Delphin Design provide concert goers with comfortable seating. The beautifully designed chair is especially well suited for the Elbphilharmonie due to its flexibility: it can be stacked quickly and in a space saving way, and it has a sophisticated linking mechanism – thanks to a system especially developed by Thonet, the chairs can be linked easily, safely and without tools. The discrete seat numbering in the backrest and the removable row numbering are ideally suited for furnishing concert halls. The completely black chair version S 162 PVF used for the Elbphilharmonie with leather-covered, fully upholstered seat shells and a matte coated frame with a special seat depth discretely blends the elegantly milled wood panelling of the small hall. Thonet was able to fulfil the strict requirements of acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota by using a special type of leather that was additionally perforated. The various uses of the intimate and versatile hall – ranging from chamber music and song recital evenings to soloist concerts, jazz and world music and to readings, lectures and receptions – are enabled by the excellent technological equipment and flexible seating with the Thonet chair range S 160. 






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