Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Bentwood chairs by Thonet are so familiar, but what of the technical innovation and history behind them? The most iconic of them all, Chair No 14 (today known as Chair No 214) looks more at home in a 20th century cafe than a Victorian parlour, but was actually first produced commercially in 1859. It proved an immediate and continuing hit, so much so that by 1930 some 50 million of them had been sold around the world. Made of only six components glued together (with no screws or nails), it is one of the world's first mass-produced chairs, and is still being manufactured today.