Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs Blue Fabric and Bent Plywood by Thonet set of 4

$2,995

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Handsome set of four mid-century modern dining chairs in a beautiful blue chenille fabric and bent plywood frames by Thonet. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that these are vintage and not new so will have signs of use. They have been newly upholstered at some point in their life which we have professionally cleaned, and it is in fabulous condition. When photographing we did notice that there is a color difference in the upholstery. Two are lighter than the other 2 and the grain of the fabric is running the opposite direction. Very hard to detect. Please see photos & zoom in for details. We attempt to portray any imperfections. Circa, 1940-1950’s.

Chair Size:

  • Height – 31.75 Inches
  • Width – 19 Inches
  • Depth – 20 Inches
  • Seat Height – 18 Inches
  • Inside Seat Depth – 17 Inches
  • Inside Back Height – 14.5 Inches
  • Weight – 14 Pounds Each

 

Boxed Size:

  • Height – 44 Inches
  • Width – 46 Inches
  • Depth – 28 Inches
  • Weight – 70 Pounds
MAKER

ATTRIBUTED TO

Bruno Weil BéWé

STYLE / PERIOD

MATERIALS

Bentwood, Plywood, Fabric

CIRCA

1940-1950's

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Keep in mind warehouse414 items are vintage and not new, so they will have signs of use and wear. See photos and zoom in for details. We attempt to portray any imperfections.

Description

What a GORGEOUS set of mid-century modern chairs by Thonet!! They are comprised of Thonet’s signature long tapered bent plywood legs and are wearing a gorgeous blue chenille fabric upholstery and it’s in lovely ready-to-use condition. These chairs were made in two styles with a single connector for the backrest or double connectors…both are beautiful, but this single connector style is our personal favorite. There is an ongoing discussion among collectors and modern furniture aficionados whether this chair was designed by Bruno Weil, or BéWé as he called himself, who was principal designer at Thonet Frères in Paris between 1928 and 1933. But we have not found a definitive answer. What we do know is this is an iconic and sought-after design as it is currently available today in Thonet’s Legacy Collection. And we believe this set to be an early version of the design. They are the perfect “go anywhere” type of chair. Perfect at a dining table or game table but versatile enough to use in any room or as extra seating if unexpected company shows up.

Thonet was founded by Michael Thonet. Michael was born in 1796 and was apprenticed by his father to a cabinetmaker. Shortly after he married, Michael opened his one-man cabinetmaking shop creating furniture and cabinetry in the traditional manner by carving the needed parts and then joining them together. In 1830 he began experimenting with bending wood into curved shapes and thus began a successful furniture company that has remained continually in operation for nearly 200 years. Thonet’s early work was very Biedermeier in style and not made for the common man. Gradually his designs became more Art Nouveau. In 1951 his chairs for the Crystal Palace at the London World’s Fair won a prize medal and by the late 1950s he began to make his first “consumer” chair. In 1875, a year before Michael’s death, Thonet’s five factories made 620,000 chairs. Then in 1876 after his death the company became Gebruder Thonet. But all was not roses. In 1869 the Thonet patents lapsed and by 1893 there were 52 bentwood companies in Europe. However, Thonet persevered. They branched out. They merged. They added designs by Le Corbusier and Breuer and alternative materials such as tubular chrome in place of bentwood to their offerings. Business boomed and waned through the years and there was even a Thonet revival, so to speak, beginning in the 1940s on into the mid-20th century. Till today, in the 21st century, Thonet is still a furniture company to be reckoned with almost 200 years later.

Don’t let this awesome set of Thonet chairs pass you by… just make them yours!!

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MAKER

ATTRIBUTED TO

Bruno Weil BéWé

STYLE / PERIOD

MATERIALS

Bentwood, Plywood, Fabric

CIRCA

1940-1950's