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The Michael Thonet designed No. 14 chair is perhaps the most famous chair of all time. The No.14 Chair's simple elegance and modest creation from a handful of bent wood pieces has become legendary worldwide. This No. 14, or A14 chair is manufactured at an factory utilizing hand craft techniques originated by Michael Thonet. The A14 Chair was originally created in Thonet Boppard, Germany workshop in 1855. The mass production of the Michael Thonet designed bentwood A14 Chair has just celebrated its 150th year of manufacturing.
In the 1830s, Michael Thonet started experiments with bent veneers in an effort to reduce the number of separate pieces of wood being used in chairs. These early techniques were successful in reducing the number of pieces in chairs from 10 to 5. Further reduction became the focal point of Michael Thonet's work.
In the 1840s Michael Thonet began experimenting with furniture made by bending wood that had been steamed into a soft and pliable state. Over the next 20 years Michael Thonet and his sons developed the processes and machines that would allow them to build bentwood furniture in unprecedented quantities. It was in this time period that he developed what has become thought of as the "traditional" Michael Thonet designed bentwood chair: one featuring a back rest and back legs made from a single piece, a rounded cane or laminated seat, and front legs. In his effort to reduce the number of pieces used in building chairs, he had to connect the main elements that existed on different planes. This could only be achieved by bending wood. Michael Thonet's further experimentation with bending wood yielded amazing results. By the 1850s, Michael Thonet's bentwood styles had become mainstream, and he was on his way to creating a catalog of chairs yet to be rivaled.
The output of Michael Thonet's factories was vast, due in part to his idea of designing separate pieces which would be combined to make a large number of models. Michael Thonet stands out as a designer and pioneer both in mass production and in design, as he artistically explored the new forms and unique qualities of his newly invented technique. Remarkably few changes have been necessary over the last 150 years. The factory still follows the 19th century production methods developed by Michael Thonet to produce stylistically accurate, handsome, and sturdy bentwood chairs, stools, tables, and accessories. Today the No. 14, or A14 Chair, is widely used in cafes, restaurants, offices and homes.
Made in the Czech Republic by TON a.s.
Dimensions: H 33" D 20 1/4" W 16 1/4" SH 18 1/4"
Materials: Frame in solid natural beechwood or beechwood with stain. Seat in woven cane, wood veneer, embossed wood veneer or upholstered with fabric or leather.
In-stock in Natural beechwood with cane seat.