Tubular steel + bentwood + cane wicker = Wallpaper* Handmade
Sylvain Willenz designs coffee table prototype for special exhibition in Milan
Thonet is celebrating craftsmanship by presenting a coffee table developed in collaboration with Belgian designer Sylvain Willenz at this year’s “Wallpaper* Handmade” exhibition (12 – 16 April 2016), which takes place during the Salone del Mobile in Milan’s city centre.
Referring to Thonet’s tradition, the coffee table combines three elementary components of the company’s history of craftsmanship going back almost 200 years and a constant striving for perfection: the processing of tubular steel, bentwood and wicker cane. Willenz’s design is based on a four-leg tubular steel frame with a ring resting on four legs. The two brackets crossing beneath the table top serve as stabilisers and bear the scaled down signature of the designer. The round, wooden ring serves as an inner frame and forms the seat of the iconic bentwood chair 209 – the favourite chair of architect Le Corbusier: mounted to the tubular steel frame and stretched with durable cane wicker, it forms a sturdy and stylish table top, making all of the processed materials visible due to its transparency while lending an especially airy character to the coffee table. The coffee table will be on show in two heights: 44 cm and 54 cm. Both tables can be effectively arranged next to each other or they can serve as comfortable stools. All steps of the production process are done by craftsmen in the Thonet facility in the Hessian town of Frankenberg.
The Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition initiated by the British Wallpaper* magazine is committed to the preservation of the crafts and, as part of the annual Salone del Mobile in Milan, presents unique designs that do credit to the name of the exhibition. International designers and manufacturers are united, and together they create and develop exciting objects that are seen by an international audience in Milan.
Via San Gregorio 43
12 April 2016 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
13 – 16 April 2016 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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