Thonet 200

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THONET RE-IMAGINED
On 8 November, 2019, we opened an exhibition in the event room of Haus der Kunst, Munich, to mark the 200th anniversary of the Thonet furniture company. Founded in 1819, Thonet invented the production of furniture from bent wood, a process that is still regarded today as the embodiment of serial production of aesthetically beautiful furniture. Chair No. 14 – the famous Viennese coffeehouse chair – is the most widely produced chair in the world and has become an outstanding icon of design history. In the 1920s, Thonet also began to build furniture from bent tubular steel based on designs by Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe. This furniture is still part of the furniture company´s range today.The exhibition is now on display at our gallery in Ainmillerstraße 25, running until the end of January 2020.
We are showing works by 19 artists which were created at our invitation for Thonet´s anniversary and our exhibition. The artists deal in very different ways with the myth of Thonet, its formal language and its effects on our contemporary culture. In addition, we are presenting designs by 3 designers who modify Thonet classics and bring them into the present, both formally and in terms of production and marketing.