Thonet Chair 218
First manufactured in 1876, model no.18 with the striking “hairpin” in its backrest returns to the Thonet portfolio with clear and reduced aesthetics as 218. Chair no.18 was one of the bestselling models of the Thonet production. The so-called export chair of Gebrüder Thonet was often sold for use in restaurants and cafés – especially in South America. Disassembled into its individual parts, 36 chairs fit into a sea chest, allowing the chairs to be sent on long journeys without any problem and in large quantities. Now, the 218 – formerly no. 18 – is once again being produced in Frankenberg.
Thonet have the distinction of being the oldest furniture company in the world, having initially established in Germany in 1819 and somewhat later made famous by Michael Thonet’s bentwood chair that took Vienna by storm in the 1850s. To this day Thonet aims to inspire people with their furniture and their designs. Thonet do not follow trends but instead aim to set trends themselves in the best possible way. As a family company with a long tradition Thonet’s modis operandi is characterized by sustainable practices and timeless designs and their products are designed to not harm the environment, whether during production or at the end of a products life cycle.
Materials & Finishes
Solid Beech / Stained / Oiled
Cane Work with Supporting Synthetic Mesh
- Height: 840mm / 33 1/16″
- Seat Height: 460mm / 18 1/8″
- Width: 430mm / 16 15/16″
- Depth: 520mm / 20 1/2″
Free UK delivery over £1500
Eligible for return within 14 days
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