Old and New Dining Chairs from Thonet

Old and New Dining Chairs from Thonet

Sarah Coffey
Nov 26, 2008

German designer Stefan Diez debuted his line of new bentwood tables and chairs for Thonet in 2007-08. We're going to go out on a limb and say that we think these hold their own with the original classic bentwood chairs of the 1890s and early 1900s. Constructed from laminate wood, the legs and armrests merge in a "knot" that's hidden in a recess underneath the seat. What do you think? Are we way off base, or is this chair a contemporary classic? Click below for some more context...

404F Chair by Stefan Diez, 2007
1404 Table by Stefan Diez, 2008
404F Chair in Progress, 2007
S40 by Thonet, 1998
S664 by Eddie Harris, 1954
S43 by Mart Stam, 1931
209 by Thonet, 1900
214 by Thonet, 1895

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