Thonet at imm cologne 2020: reissues and new products, in the footsteps of Michael Thonet

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The booth of Thonet at imm cologne 2020, designed by Sebastian Herkner and inspired by Vienna straw

Thonet is traditionally associated with Vienna wickerwork, which has been characterizing bistro chairs since the mid-19th century. Therefore, for imm cologne 2020, Sebastian Herkner has designed a booth inspired by Vienna straw, with large wooden screens. These panels, made semitransparent by the holes in woven cane, delimited the different areas organized into new products, reissued classics and Café Thonet.

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Café Thonet at imm cologne 2020

Thonet and contemporary chairs

Among the new products, 520 is a new upholstered chair, designed by Marco Dessì. It is a dining chair, minimal and elegant, characterized by a curved backrest, with padded seat and backrest, ensuring greater comfort. The possible combinations of different materials make this chair perfect for both dining and meeting rooms. It is a contemporary version of classic Thonet chairs.

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520 chairs by Marco Dessì for Thonet

Presented in 2018, the 118 chair family has launched a new barstool model in 2020. Sebastian Herkner has designed a chair inspired by Thonet 214 – which has become the archetypal bistro chair – reducing its components. The frame of the 118 chair consists of a piece of bent wood, with a seat in Indian wickerwork. These chairs/barstools have an upholstered seat, for greater comfort.

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118 chair/barstool by Sebastian Herkner

New versions of classic models

As to the reissues of classic models, Studio Besau Marguerre has designed new versions of the MR 515 side table, originally designed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe around 1928. The first version was made with tubular steel structure and transparent glass top. Today Studio Besau Marguerre presents new versions, with black painted steel legs and tops in light ash or dark grey painted glass. The 2020 version is available in two sizes and with two tops.

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MR 515 side table, an original project by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, 1928, reissued by Studio Besau Marguerre, 2019

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