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Oct142012

How does wood become bentwood? Thonet Chairs

My aim when starting this blog was never to talk about iconic pieces of design or creative super stars. However, I cannot see the harm in using a product or person as a tool for learning. Michael Thonet founded his company in 1819, where he developed the process of steam bending timber for use in furniture manufacture. The Thonet 214 Chair below is considered the most successful mass produced product in the world to date.

A live workshop took place at Design Junction during London Design Week, where I took a photograph of a very informative poster, illustrating each and every step of the steam bending process.

*If you click the image you should get a larger version where the text can be read.

www.thonet.de

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