Michael Thonet’s designs have come to symbolize the simple marriage of form and function and the superb economy of materials. The Michael Thonet Roundback café chair original is simple, chic and well made making it a time honored favorite of kitchens, cafes and restaurants since the 1840s. Famed architect and designer Le Corbusier once said of Thonet’s chairs, “Never was there an object as elegant, as well conceived, as precise in its execution, and practical in its usage.”
Modernists far and wide revere the simple, classic form of a Thonet chair. Here at Relax House, we give an appreciative danka schoen to German furniture visionary Michael Thonet for his chic bentwood chair designs. The Michael Thonet designed Roundback café chair is solid bentwood with a look that can be both classic and contemporary given it simple, timeless styling. The chair is pictured here in a natural finish and is sturdy enough to withstand heavy use whether you have a house full of unruly toddlers or a bustling restaurant.
The original Michael Thonet designed roundback chair is the perfect update to your modern, classic or rustic dining space. The roundback chair has such a classic form that it fits in nearly anywhere. A favorite of restaurants and cafes for nearly 100 years, this chair can withstand heavy use and give your restaurant a chic, European vibe.
A trailblazer of mass production, Thonet chose to open manufacturing factories where materials and labour were plentiful. In 1881, the Thonet company opened a factory in Poland where Thonet chairs are still being made. The Relax House Micahel Thonet designed collection is made in this very same factory in Poland that has made Thonet chairs for over a century.
After some less than successful designs with glue and veneers, Michael Thonet discovered that he could use steam to bend solid wood creating furniture that proved to be remarkably long lasting and hardwearing. Thonet, with his innovative use of steam and beechwood, created an impressive, iconic form and paved the way for future bentwood designs.
Michael Thonet created his first bentwood chair over 150 years ago and his piecces are still a staple of chic European cafes everywhere. This enduring success is due in part to the Thonet’s chairs elegant form, design simplicity and durable construction.
- Width: 43cm
- Seat height: 46cm
- Overall height: 81cm
- Colour: Natural
- Seat Material: Beech timber bentwood
- Frame Material: Beech timber bentwood
- Assembly: No assembly required