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Original Vienna 18 Bentwood Wooden Bar Stool - Natural

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Seat Height 68cm or 74cm
Seat Width 41cm
Overall Height 100cm or 109cm
Colour Natural
Seat European Beech Timber Bentwood
Frame European Beech Timber Bentwood
Made In Europe
Designer Michael Thonet


Our Original Vienna 18 Bentwood wooden bar stool in natural beechwood is the perfect update to your kitchen bar and counter seating. This classic counter stool is sized to fit most home kitchen counters. The Original Vienna 18 Bentwood wooden bar stools are also available in a commercial height stool(75cm) and table height dining chair.

The Michael Thonet designer original No.18 stool (1876) was made by Michael Thonet and his five sons in 1876 and has become a standout in bentwood design history. Thonet was a German cabinet maker and the first to create mass-produced bentwood furniture designs. Thonet was a pioneer of both mass production and bentwood technology. He designed the process for using steam to make large pieces of wood pliable. Thonet’s quintessential bentwood designs were created using one single piece of wood to form the stool’s back rest and back legs and a separately attached seat and the front legs. Thonet’s methods have laid the foundation for every bentwood chair and stool that came after. Thonet’s No.18 stool is considered the very model of the Viennese café stool and for this reason, it is often called the Vienna Café stool.

Thonet’s collection of bentwood stools are currently experiencing a renewed popularity. The No.18 Vienna Café stool is one of the world’s most recognisable pieces and has remained unchanged for nearly one hundred years. Our Thonet reproduction is constructed in the very same Polish factory that has been producing Thonet originals for over a century. The Thonet No.18 Vienna Café stool has likely been sat upon by renowned and remembered Viennese like Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt and Gustav Mahler as they formed the ideas of psychoanalysis, sketched for their paintings and jotted down the notes of their operas.

* Actual colours and design may vary slightly due to different screen settings, the lighting on the photoshoot and other factors.


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If you take the time to admire you will notice that each product is unique using many pieces of European Beechwood. Based on the nature of natural wood inconsistencies in grain, joins, colour, texture and shape deserve appreciation like strokes on a painting or sculpture.

It is important to note that any stress marks in the timber from the production process will not exacerbate over time. Stresses caused in the bending and joining process are what make these items so impressive. This can be more prevalent in the painted options as the paint tends to highlight these 'perfect imperfections'

Just like us no two are the same. Enjoy.

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