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Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Austrian, German

For more than 180 years, Thonet — or Gebrüder Thonet — has produced elegant and durable tables and cabinets as well as chairs, stools and other seating that wholly blur the lines between art and design. Widely known as a trailblazer in the use of bentwood in furniture, the European manufacturer has reimagined the places in which we gather.

Noted for his skill in parquetry, German-Austrian company founder Michael Thonet received an invitation from Austrian Chancellor Prince Metternich to contribute Neo-Rococo interiors to the Liechtenstein City Palace in Vienna. The Boppard-born Thonet had honed his carpentry skills in his father’s workshop, where he carried out experiments with plywood and modified the Biedermeier chairs that populated the studio. 

Thonet’s work for the chancellor raised his profile, and the cabinetmaker gained international recognition, including at London’s Great Exhibition of 1851, which featured works created by members of the Arts and Crafts movement as well as industrial products of the day. Thonet showed a range of furniture at the fair and won the bronze medal for his bentwood chairs. He ​​incorporated his family’s company, the Thonet Brothers, with his sons in 1853

Bentwood furniture dates as far back as the Middle Ages, but it is the 19th-century cabinetmaker Thonet who is most often associated with this now-classic technique. Thonet in 1856 patented a method for bending solid wood through the use of steam, and from there, the bentwood look skyrocketed to furniture fame. The works of renowned mid-century modern designers such as Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, and Charles and Ray Eames that put this technological advancement to use would not be as extensive or celebrated were it not for the efforts of the pioneering Thonet.

Considered the world’s oldest mass-produced chair, Michael Thonet’s ubiquitous Chair No. 14 demonstrated that his patented bentwood technology made it possible to efficiently produce furniture on an industrial scale. Now known as the 214, it won the German Sustainability Award Design for 2021, a recognition of the company’s commitment to environmentally responsible production.

Often called the Coffee House chair — the company’s first substantial order was for a Viennese coffeehouse — the No. 14 remains an icon. Thonet originally designed the chair in 1859, and it is considered the starting point for modern furniture.

The bentwood process opened doors — there were investments in machinery and new industrial processes, and the business began mass-producing furniture. By the end of the 1850s, there were additional Thonet workshops in Eastern Europe and hundreds of employees. Michael Thonet’s reputation attracted the attention of notable architects including Otto Wagner, Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The No. 14 was followed by the No. 18, or the Bistro chair, in 1867, and the 209, or the Architect’s chair, of which Le Corbusier was a fan. (The influential Swiss-French architect and designer used Thonet furniture in his Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau at the 1925 International Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris.)

Thonet’s chair designs also appeared in artwork by Toulouse-Lautrec, John Sloan and Henri Matisse in his Interior with a Violin Case. The noteworthy Thonet rocking chair remains a marvel of construction — in the middle of the 19th century, Michael produced a series of rockers in which the different curved parts were integrated into fluid, sinuous wholes. Thanks to Thonet, the humble rocker acquired something unexpected: style. It was captured in the paintings of Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and James Tissot

Thonet is currently split into global divisions. Thonet Industries U.S.A. was acquired in 1987 by Shelby Williams and joined the CF Group in 1999, while the Thonet brand in Germany is owned by Thonet GmbH.

Find a collection of antique Thonet furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Thonet
Restored Biedermeier Étagère, by Thonet, Beech, Walnut, Austria, Vienna, 1910s
By Thonet
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Made by influential Austrian furniture manufacturer Thonet. It has been re-polished with polyutherane piano lacquer by our professional refurbishing team in Czechia according to the...
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1910s Austrian Biedermeier Vintage Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Black Art Nouveau Display Cabinet by Josef Hoffmann for Thonet, AT ca. 1905
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Early 20th Century Austrian Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Jugendstil Thonet wardrobe
By Thonet
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Jugendstil Thonet wardrobe in very good original condition with slight signs of use.
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Early 1900s Hungarian Jugendstil Antique Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Beech

libreria etagere art nouveau originale thonet anni 20
By Thonet
Located in taranto, IT
splendida e rara etagere originale degli anni 20 di Thonet, realizzata in legno nella migliore tradizione della famosa casa austriaca, composta da tre mensole poste su livelli divers...
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1920s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Small Art Nouveau Cabinet by Thonet Brothers (Vienna, 1910)
By Thonet
Located in Wien, AT
Objekt: Bücherregal mit Vitrinenteil Entwurf: Gebrüder Thonet, Wien um 1910 Modell-Nummer: ähnlich 25.095 Ausführung: Gebrüder Thonet, Wien um 1910 Maße in cm (H x B x T): 122,5 x 70...
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1910s Austrian Jugendstil Vintage Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Austrian Wiener Werkstätte Bookcase/ Shelf /Bakers Rack/ Display Stand
By Thonet
Located in New York City, NY
A three shelf Jugendstil bookcase / etagere / bakers rack, two tone in stained and polished beechwood with decorative openwork side panels extendin...
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Early 20th Century Austrian Jugendstil Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Revolving Bookcase by Thonet
By Thonet
Located in Banská Štiavnica, SK
Revolving bookcase by Thonet professionally stained and repolished.
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Pierre Paulin Desk Model Cm141, Edition from the 60's
By Pierre Paulin, Thonet
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Pierre Paulin desk model CM141, Thonet edition from the 60's.
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Metal

Mid Century Modern Long Rounded Sides Credenza by Thonet
By Thonet
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Rare Mid-Century Modern long credenza with rounded drum shape ends credenza dresser by Thonet. Comes with the working key.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Chrome

Art Deco Beech Brown Vintage Valet or Coat Rack by Thonet Austria, circa 1920
By Thonet
Located in Vienna, AT
The elegant vintage beech valet or coat rack shows all features, what you are looking for. Two racks and one reling for your clothes and a parking space with wooden slats for your s...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Beech

Bauhaus Plant Stand by Emile Guyot for Thonet, Circa 1930s
By Thonet
Located in Gloucester, GB
Bauhaus plant stand by Emile Guyot for Thonet, Circa 1930s - Chromed tubular steel - Cantilever design - Toughened black glass shelves - Desi...
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1930s Czech Bauhaus Vintage Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Glass

Rare Thonet Display Case, Dressoir Thonet N ° 20793 Model from Catalog, 1904
By Michael Thonet, Thonet
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Rare Thonet display case, Dressoir Thonet n ° 20793 Model from catalog 1904.
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Early 20th Century Austrian Arts and Crafts Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Beech

Art Deco Era Vintage Oak Glass Brass Thonet Showcase Vitrine Austria, circa 1920
By Thonet
Located in Vienna, AT
Art deco vintage showcase or vitrine from solid oakwood with brass details, circa 1920 Austria. While one door shows a brass button to open the showca...
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Oak

Un bureau CM 141 de Pierre Paulin pour Thonet 1950
By Pierre Paulin, Thonet
Located in SOTTEVILLE-LÈS-ROUEN, FR
a Pierre Paulin model "cm141" desk produced by Thonet in 1953. This desk features a black lacquered steel base, a black Formica top, and a drawer unit with 2 drawers made of blond as...
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1950s French Vintage Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Steel

Cm141 Desk by Pierre Paulin for Thonet, 1954
By Pierre Paulin, Thonet
Located in Lasne, BE
Desk with two wooden drawers, formica top and metal legs by Pierre Paulin. Marks of wear on the top due to the age of the desk.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Metal

1930s Thonet D 625/1 Walnut Bar Cabinet, Czechoslovakia
By Thonet
Located in Praha, CZ
- carefully refurbished - some signs of use - Missing key - Dimensions: H: 70 W: 93 D: 39 cm
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1930s Czech Art Deco Vintage Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Materials

Chrome

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Thonet case pieces and storage cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Thonet case pieces and storage cabinets are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Thonet case pieces and storage cabinets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets by Thonet were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider case pieces and storage cabinets by Michael Thonet, Werkstätte Carl Auböck, and Herta Baller. Prices for Thonet case pieces and storage cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $671 and can go as high as $13,817, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,685.
Questions About Thonet Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Thonet is a well known furniture company that was started by Michael Thonet in 1830 as he experimented with bentwood furniture. The brand is known for producing high-quality products with exquisite craftsmanship. Shop a collection of Thonet furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    A Thonet chair can be any chair developed by the furniture maker Thonet, which has been manufacturing furniture for more than 180 years. However, most people are referring to one designed by founder Gebrüder Thonet. It features a bentwood frame produced with a patent steam method that Thonet patented and a curved seat. Find a range of Thonet chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 3, 2023
    Perhaps the most significant thing about the Thonet chair was that it was the first chair to ever be shipped in parts with instructions that allowed the purchaser to assemble it themselves. As a result, the beech wood and rattan chairs could be mass produced and sold all over the world more easily. Shop a range of Thonet chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    An authentic Thonet chair will have the company’s name with a solid line underneath carved somewhere on the chair. The brand can also confirm the authenticity and age of a Thonet chair via its website. Shop a variety of authentic Thonet furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    A Thonet-style chair is a wooden chair that has a curvy, bent backrest, a round seat and subtly flared legs. The chairs get their name from the original manufacturer, Thonet, which produced chairs in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 20th century. Shop a range of Thonet furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Michael Thonet is a German-Austrian furniture maker who designed the famed bentwood chair in 1830. His last name, Thonet, is pronounced “TOE-net,” but it’s commonly mispronounced “tho-NAY.” Shop a collection of vintage and modern Michael Thonet pieces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Thonet chairs are marked. You will usually find the brand's label on a tag or burned into the wood under the seat. On 1stDibs, you can shop a variety of expertly vetted Thonet furniture from top sellers around the world.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Whether or not Thonet chairs are stackable depends on their design. The bentwood chairs produced by the company do easily stack, but others like cantilever chairs do not. Find a range of Thonet chairs forms some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To identify a Thonet rocking chair, look for the company name. You will normally find it stamped directly onto the underside of the seat, arms or legs. You can find a collection of expertly vetted Thonet rocking chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    To tell if a Thonet chair is real, you can use Thonet's authenticity verification service. To take advantage of it, you will need to take many photographs of the chair from different angles and close-up images of markings and paper labels. You can learn more about the authentication process on the Thonet website. Shop a diverse assortment of Thonet chairs on 1stDibs.

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