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April 2017

One collection, four seasons – Thonet tubular steel classics in new colours for outdoor use  

Design: Thonet Design Team: Miriam Püttner, 2016


The “Thonet All Seasons” collection is already familiar at the Salone del Mobile.Milano 2017. Launched in 2016, the selected designs of the new outdoor collection include the S 33 and S 34 cantilever chairs by Mart Stam, the B 9 side table and the S 35 lounge chair by Marcel Breuer, plus the S 533 cantilever chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and have meanwhile established themselves in the market. They not only got a new outfit a year ago, but thanks to special technology these timeless designs are benefitting from a weather-resistant makeover, making them equally suitable for exterior enjoyment. These elegant and comfortable designs offer flexible use, not least due to the extensive palette of playful colours for both the steel frames and the mesh upholstery, which can be mixed and matched as desired – including matching cushions. They remain eye-catching furniture for all seasons.


Designer Miriam Püttner, the Thonet Design Team member in charge of the project, says, “The goal was to create a collection that is independent of the restrictions of weather, location or function throughout the year. The refined simplicity of the selected tubular steel icons offered tremendous creative latitude for this venture.” Equipped with a tested “ThonetProtect®” surface, which is as UV resistant as the mesh for the seats and backrests, and exposed concrete or solid-core laminate for the tabletops, the “Thonet All Seasons” models offer an enduring beauty – whether in a stylish interior, a sunny garden, a patio during a rain shower, a heated terrace or a courtyard. Due to the sophisticated protective coating, the new furniture looks impressive on terraces even in harsh coastal climates. In addition to the advanced technology for processing the tubular steel, the colour selection also plays a major role: the spectrum of choices in the “Classics in Colour” collection that was introduced for the steel frames in 2014 comprises seven distinctive hues and is informed by both the Bauhaus colour theory and Johannes Itten’s colour wheel. The twelve new colours now added for the mesh upholstery further expand the multitude of possible chromatic variations. Thus, Thonet once more blends the past and the present, creating a connection between the familiar and the fresh, between iconic designs and contemporary technology.


The existing Thonet outdoor furniture pieces, namely the S 40 / S 1040 chairs and tables (Mart Stam / Thonet Design Team) were integrated into the new “Thonet All Seasons” portfolio – the garden table S 1040 is also available with an exposed concrete or solid-core laminate tabletop. In addition to these models, the new range comprises the classic cantilever models S 33 and S 34 (Mart Stam, artistic copyright), the side tables B 9 (Marcel Breuer) and B 97 (Thonet Design Team), together with the lounge chairs S 35 (Marcel Breuer) and S 533 (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe). The new collection also includes cushions and covers in matching colours to guarantee even more comfort. The cushions  are attached to the chair and kept in position by an integrated elastic chord and a button. Thanks to a specially coated outdoor fabric and special filling, the cushions can be used indoors and outdoors. The open-pore filler in combination with breathable fabric enables rapid drying of the cushions should they get damp. The set for cantilever chairs S 33 and S 34 consists of a seat and a backrest cushion; for programme range S 35 and the matching stool, a more voluminous cushion with quilted compartments is available.


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