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Vienna Café chair, model 214

<i>Vienna Café</i> chair, model 214

Austrian, 1796−1871

Vienna Café chair, model 214

Manufactured by Gebrüder Thonet GmbH, Frankenberg, Germany

Solid beech wood, bent and laminated; woven cane, 1973

84 x 43 x 53 cm

Accession number:

B74.0381

Arts/Design and Architecture

Michael Thonet was the first to patent a mechanized process for steam-bending wood, thereby revolutionizing furniture by introducing mass production into an industry that until then had been based exclusively on handcraft traditions. Manufactured in component parts, the Vienna Café chair could be shipped as a kit and assembled at its destination at a low cost. By 1930, over 50 million chairs had been sold, making it one of the most successful chairs in the history of mass consumption.

Exhibitions:

The Design and Architecture Collection, Selected Works, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 25/07/2010 - 31/12/2010