2019 is a year of notable anniversaries for Thonet, during which the company celebrates both its 200th anniversary and 100 years of the Bauhaus. Among several events to mark these occasions during the year, Thonet presents a special exhibition honouring both its bentwood and tubular steel classics in the Brera Design District during Salone del Mobile. These benchmark designs define the company’s DNA, and in Milan they are staged in a direct dialogue with special contemporary interpretations conceived by renowned designers, such as Sebastian Herkner and Studio Besau Marguerre. In a pop-up showroom setting designed by Marcel Besau and Eva Marguerre, products most often seen in residential settings will encounter models designed for the contract segment, as presented in a series of application scenarios.
The showroom display in Milan focuses primarily on the new extension to the wooden chair range 118 designed by Sebastian Herkner. In addition to bar stool versions in two different heights and an upholstered version introduced at the beginning of the year, Thonet now presents six high-gloss lacquered versions which grace the chair with a luxurious finish. Marcel Besau describes the staging of the new product as follows: “The setting we conceived emphasises the new refinements of the 118 range in its additional colours and, set against textile backgrounds, refers to the ‘Café Thonet’ theme that is a continuing motif for the Thonet celebrations this year.”
With this exhibition in Milan, Thonet looks back on two centuries of leading the field in furniture design. Thonet furniture is a popular cultural companion all around the world: as classic pieces with patina and a history, as timeless design icons with a collectible value, and as culturally rich design objects with perennial style and appeal. These design icons can be found wherever people gather, network, relax or work.
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