Clockwise from front: Thonet No.18, Le Corbusier (white), Hermann Chair, Le Corbusier (black), all painted with natural socks. Photo; www.mikeclare.com Thonet Chairs, Black Bentwood Chairs, Le Corbusier, Painting Bentwood, Cafes Chairs, Painted Bentwood Chairs, Thonet Bentwood, 18 Bentwood, Bentwood Cafes
Thonet patented a process of bending under heat several layers of wood veneer glued together and laminated.and used the new material to create curved back-rails and legs on chairs, contoured headboards for beds and scrolled arms for sofas.
Design: Michael Thonet, 1859 The famous coffee house chair is an icon and considered the most successful mass produced product in the world to date: it initiated the history of modern furniture. The basis was a new technique - the bending of solid wood - that Michael Thonet developed and perfected during the 1850s and it was the first time serial furniture production was possible