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Michael Thonet and Cross Back Chair
Michael Thonet is one of the most important innovators in bent wood furniture making. Thonet patented a process of bending under heat several layers of wood veneer glued together and laminated.and used the new material to create curved back-rails and legs on chairs, contoured headboards for beds and scrolled arms for sofas.
Thonet also developed a method of bending solid wood and his bent solid and laminated beech chairs with woven cane seats and backs remain among the most successful industrial designed products of all time.
You might be sitting on his legacy to design, the bentwood tradition of furniture making.? Michael Thonet (pronounced TOE-NET) lived from 1796 to 1871 and was a German-Austrian cabinet maker whose innovative design created lightweight and elegant chairs that remain fashionable to this day.? Thonet’s most famous design, Chair No. 14, is known as the “chair of chairs” or the coffee shop chair.
Well, not only do you see his signature coffee house chair still in use at restaurants and cafes, but his style has influenced a famous design :the ever-popular X Back or Cross Back chair which is my current obsession.
I love that this chair is simple, graceful and neutral, allowing it to work in a variety of design styles.
These chairs are suitable for more than just the kitchen and dining room, and also work well in home offices, as well as accent chairs throughout the house.