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January 2015

Unique pieces: Thonet presents bentwood classics in its “Pure Materials” collection


At the imm cologne 2015, Thonet is expanding the successful “Pure Materials” collection with the addition of the famous bentwood classics. Striking, grained leather, natural wood and a careful handling of the materials characterise this fine and especially sustainable collection. A natural patina develops on the products of this series over the course of time – traces of use are absolutely welcome.  As of now, the iconic “Vienna coffee house chair” 214 and the bentwood models 209, 210, 215 and 233 are presented in the new look with dark stained or light oiled ash wood and vegetable tanned leather. In 2012, selected pieces of tubular steel furniture from the Bauhaus era were already included in the “Pure Materials” edition.


For the bentwood classics in the “Pure Materials” collection, the finest local ash is used instead of European beech: this type of wood is wonderfully suitable for the traditional production method of bending and is a very strong and elastic wood with a characteristic open-pore grain. The ash wood from sustainable forestry is intentionally treated only minimally in order to allow for the haptic and visual experience of the structures of the living surface. Over the course of time and use, areas on the wood that are more intensely used become smoother than others, making the piece of furniture a personal companion. The chairs are offered in two versions: with light oil, they contribute to a warm, friendly living ambiance; stained dark and refined with a protective natural wood lacquer, the pieces of furniture create strong accents in a room.


A seat cushion covered with exquisite leather not only assures the highest seating comfort in the new bentwood collection but the strong dark brown colour of the grained leather also gives each chair a sophisticated look with a unique feel. The natural quality leather “Olive Galicia” is neither scraped nor embossed or lacquered, enabling it to react to touch by developing characteristic traces of use, gradually developing a completely individual look. The tanning agent is gained from olive leaves: the result is sustainable, ecological and high-quality premium leather.

As an alternative to the upholstered versions, Thonet also offers a more reduced solution for which the mould seat is only covered with a thin layer of leather.


The “Pure Materials” bentwood models are, of course, also available with wickerwork and netting.


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