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Michael Thonet

Michael Thonet was born in Boppard in 1796, the son of a tanner. After serving an apprenticeship in cabinet-making, Thonet established his own workshop. Alongside his sons, they created bentwood furniture and other carpenters began to copy the bentwood process, Michael Thonet marked his chairs on the underside with an impressed stamp. The firm was a huge success and continued to expand and in 1859 "Sessel Nr. 14" was launched, today renowned worldwide as the "Viennese Coffeehouse Chair", the world's bestselling chair, epitome of the elegant and serviceable modern mass-consumption article. Here we feature a scale model of the Stuhl No14 from the Vitra Miniatures.

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