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Thonet, Michael

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00204330
Thonet, Michael

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German, 19th century, male.

Active in Austria.

Born 2 July 1796, in Boppard-sur-le-Rhin; died 3 March 1871, in Vienna.

Cabinet maker. Designs (furniture).

Michael Thonet became the director of a internationally known and prosperous business from being a simple cabinet-maker. He developed letters patent for wood curving and saw the possibility of furniture that could be taken to pieces thus allowing mass production. The chairs in Café No.4 (café Daum, Vienna) and in Bistro no. 14 are among his most famous creations. The design of these chairs, particularly the curves, attracted the attention of Viennese Secessionists. The followers of Bauhaus followed this modernising spirit. Michael Thonet worked for Chancellor Metternich....

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Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art ; Professional Interior Design ; 19th-Century Art

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