April 2015

Renewing the lounge experience: Thonet introduces numerous chairs and sofas at Salone del Mobile in Milan



The prestigious Thonet archives in Frankenberg have served as inspiration for several of the new designs. Thorsten Muck, Managing Director at Thonet, says, “Our huge gallery housing all our historical designs is a kind of treasure chest, and members of the Thonet Design Team are motivated to come up with many new ideas when browsing through Thonet’s history and then to reinterpret them in a contemporary way.” External design partners such as Christian Werner and the Formstelle duo also have integrated the distinctive Thonet DNA into their designs for the company. Bentwood and tubular steel elements remain important and influential themes within the new products. At the same time, all new products – as is typical for Thonet – are characterised by a high degree of personalisation. With the multitude of new options offered for the highly significant lounge segment, Thonet once more emphasises its claim to think in terms of timeless collections.

 

Minimalist, flexible, authentic: the bentwood sofa 2002 

A lush, down-to-the-floor seat cushion is embraced by a filigree bentwood bracket – reminiscent of the famous Vienna Coffee House Chair and thus paying homage to the 200 years of bentwood tradition at Thonet. The bentwood sofa 2002 by Christian Werner builds a bridge between the classic Thonet heritage and modern times. The flowing curves of the reduced and yet impressive wooden frame offer elegance when viewed from any angle. The large seat cushion and adjustable back and side cushions guarantee maximum comfort. The design enables flexible use as either a sociable sofa or a relaxing daybed making this both a welcome and tasteful centrepiece of the living room.

 

Striking with curves and edges: chair programme range S 830

A club chair full of subtle fascination, the new programme range S 830 by Emilia Becker (of the Thonet Design Team) is characterised by an interaction between flowing and straight lines which gives the design both feminine and masculine qualities. Edgy armrests blend with a curved backrest, which in turn embraces the user in a protective shell. This fully upholstered chair can be customised by contrasting the exterior and interior fabrics of the shell using a choice of different colours and materials.. The design is also available in a choice of two leg versions, enabling further individualisation: a tubular steel frame makes the S 830 ideal for the lounge segment or living rooms, while a pedestal and base plate, makes it perfectly suited to waiting areas.

 

Graphic and cosy: chair programme range 860

Geometric forms and clear contours characterise the solid wood frame of this new design, while the soft, slightly tilted cushion invites users to lean back and relax. With programme range 860, Lydia Brodde (of the Thonet Design Team) has created a piece of lounge furniture with a combination of clean lines and welcoming openness, complemented by the warmth of its wooden frame. The addition of a matching footstool creates a stylishly comfortable sanctuary for private living spaces. 

 

Generous and adjustable: chair programme range S 650 

Programme range S 650 by Sabine Hutter (of the Thonet Design Team) also offers plenty of room for relaxation. The design is reminiscent of the 1950s and simultaneously expresses a sense of stability and weightlessness: the upholstered backrest of the sofa seems to float against the tubular steel frame. A range of possible configurations for the individual seating elements – side-by-side, opposite each other, diagonally, or optionally with the addition of a small connecting table – enables the creation of  a sociable space for communication. The larger unit allows for flexible and comfortable seating postures while also offering privacy, if preferred. As a one- or a two-seater, with or without armrests, as individual pieces or as a sectional grouping, this new programme range offers individualised solutions for any spatial situation in both public and residential spaces.

 

A favourite piece to sink into: the lounge chair 808 

At the Cologne furniture fair in January, the award-winning lounge chair 808 designed by Formstelle was introduced to great acclaim. The design plays with the contrast between a protective cocoon and a relaxing openness. As a modern interpretation of the classic wing chair, it offers a welcome place for withdrawal and rest. The interior of the seat shell is furnished with soft cushioning, and thanks to an ingenious adjustment mechanism the chair can be moved through a range of seating and reclining positions – guaranteeing optimum comfort. Visually, the 808 is also adaptable: Formstelle developed an aesthetic concept based on six different colour worlds, using leather, formable fleece and fabric. Three versions of the frame and an additional footstool complete the programme range.

 

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Programme 860

Thonet Design Team - Lydia Brodde

 

Programme S 650

Thonet Design Team - Sabine Hutter


Programme S 830

Thonet Design Team - Emilia Becker