Friday, December 16, 2011

No. 14.

"It consists of six pieces of wood - two circles, two sticks and a couple of arches - held together by 10 screws and two nuts. Together they make the wooden chair known as Thonet Model No.14, which although no one has ever actually done the math, is thought to have seated more people than any other chair in history."
This is how the great NYTimes article of the Thonet No. 14 starts.

It was produced by Michael Thonet in 1859, and it is also known as Bistro Chair. He wanted to achieve an affordable chair with a simple design. He won the gold medal in the 1867 World Exposition in Paris for this incredible chair.
It was all studied to save space in transportation, a box of 1 cubic metre could contain 36 disassembled Thonet No. 14 chairs.

Numerous designers have customized these chairs; just a coat of paint can transform it and match so many differents styles.

Image credits: B&W, Box, Fluo

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