This week we fly to Vienna, around 1859. 
Biedermeier and French Neo-Classical furniture are the prevailing styles of the time.
Simple, elegant, dark, sometimes carved cabinets found their place in all middle and high-society houses.
 But a sort of revolution is finding its way through an ambitious and determined cabinetmaker, 
Mr. Michael Thonet (to be pronounced Tone-eT" with a hard beginning and ending t)

Thonet's essential breakthrough was his success in having light, strong wood
bent into curved, graceful shapes by forming the wood in hot steam.
A technology,
known as bentwood, that took years to perfect.  
This enabled him to design entirely novel, elegant, lightweight, durable and comfortable furniture, 
which appealed strongly to fashion
- a complete departure from the heavy, carved designs of the past - 
and whose aesthetic and functional appeal remains to this day.

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 Ever since, the Thonet chairs, No. 14 on top, have become a design classic,
declined in several colours to enter even modern and contemporary interiors.
Few 19th-century icon furniture pieces stood the test of time.
But Thonet gave life to something so new,
that even the design revolutions of the following century
couldn't stop its success. 
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 Do you have a Thonet chair at home? Would you like to have one?
I certainly will one day, and in the meantime 
have a lovely day ♥