The Michael Thonet designed BST bentwood stools can be seen in catalogs as far back as 1867. A variety of these "bar and office" stools were developed using various bracing techniques. Additionally, it was common for the company to offer these in various seat heights.
This particular bentwood chair design has been commonly used throughout the world over the last 140 years. The additional strength provided by the arching brace makes this version of the Michael Thonet designed stool a particular favorite for restaurants and cafes.
As early as 1840 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 his effort to reduce the number of pieces used in building bentwood 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 bentwood chairs yet to be rivaled.
This bentwood stool is available in three wood finishes natural beechwood, walnut and black. It is available in a 24" or 29 1/2" seat height.
Made in Czech Republic.
Dimensions: H 24" or 29 1/2" x D 14 1/2" x W 14 2/4" Seat Diameter 14 1/2"
Materials: Bentwood stool with solid beechwood frame. Woven cane seat.
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