Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

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Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

Austrian designer Robert Stadler has created a new bistro chair for Thonet, a brand famed for their bentwood chairs synonymous with cafe culture that have hardly changed in a hundred years.

Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

Stadler's Chair 107 borrows the language of the original but incorporates a flat backrest and can be produced in a process that's almost entirely automated.

Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

Stadler designed the chair for the interior of a restaurant for the Corso brand in Paris - see his restaurant interior on Avenue Trudaine here and the one on Place Franz Liszt here.

Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

The original Thonet cafe chairs were designed in 1859, produced in their millions and distributed worldwide.

Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

Yesterday we published a movie in which American furniture designer Matthias Pliessnig wraps a Thonet chair with strips of steam-bent white oak to create a sculpture - watch it on Dezeen Screen.

Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

Photographs are by Constantin Meyer and Charles Negre.

The details below are from Stadler:


To design a new bistrot chair for Thonet is a touchy task. Initially I was proposed to customize a typical Thonet chair for the Corso restaurants, for which I am in charge of the design.

Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

But I preferred to elaborate a new chair instead of producing one more Designer comment on this essential piece of furniture. My starting point was the fact that today chair 214 (historically baptized Nr. 14) is rather expensive, which represents a certain break in regards to Thonet's history.

Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

Indeed the company is renowned for being the first to achieve a world-wide distribution of their furniture thanks to it's ingenious conception based on dismantling.

Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

Yet, after more than 40 million sold chairs the manufacturing of the back part is still rather traditional.

Chair 107 by Robert Stadler for Thonet

With chair 107 I focussed on a new design of that element which is now being produced in an almost totally automatic process.

  • Boris

    this chair is a failure
    within a few year it's of the market
    The connection of the back to the seat is not logical, and therefore not beautiful

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    While the 107 looks like a fine product, it saddens me that it has lost the appeal which made the classic Thonet such a recognizable chair: the bentwood.

    Then again, a brief look at the company's online catalog shows a lot of bland & unimpressive products, a clear indication that the company's lost its original innovative drive.

  • Jakov

    Nice! Is there a variation with armrests?

  • Sixpense

    I love Thonet's steam bent wood, the beautiful curves….This ''new'' chair design looks as though it has back ache.

  • dave

    Old chair’s a classic. The new one looks ****