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Thonet Style Mid-Century Modern Maple Bent Ply Green Wool Tweed Dining Chairs

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Stunning form and brilliant Kiwi green color make these Mid-Century Modern bentwood chairs stand out from the crowd. Allow your eyes to flow through the sinuous body of the Bill Stephens inspired chairs. Like Bill Stephens, Alvo Aalto, and Thonet, these chairs have mastered the art of bending wood beyond the laws of physics. Layers of solid maple wood have been laminated and steamed to create seamless arches that strengthen as they bind. The result is a ground breaking aesthetic appeal. While the maker is unknown, the multitude and fortitude of these chairs tell us that they may have been produced by a luxury commercial furniture company akin to Knoll. Look closely at the underside of the chairs, some come with shelves. While bentwood furniture seems sleek and modern, its origins are decidedly 19th century. Michael Thonet, an Austrian cabinetmaker, and founder of famed Thonet furniture company, debuted his masterful bentwood chair designs at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Thonet made his name by perfecting techniques still used today! To create artful bentwood designs one must steam or soak wood and then bend it over a form template allowing it harden into curved shapes and patterns. Some designs steam solid rods over forms to achieve a look akin to Thonet’s No. 14 chair. More modern makers like Plycraft layered thin sheets of solid wood and laminated them with binders (glues) to create strong, sleek designs. these chairs were created by using Plycraft’s signature steamed, laminated, and bound technique. These chairs are in great original condition. A rare time capsule home treasure. We typically reupholster our fabric finds, but these chairs were in such outstanding condition that we decided to leave the original wool tweed. Not only is the colorful wool fabric a tasteful design choice for any decade, but the lime color is still rich and vibrant with virtually no sun fading. Foam padded seats and sculpted, lumbar supporting curved backs make these chairs even more comfortable than they look (and they look pretty comfee).

Details

  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    no rips or sun fading on tweed. A few minor dark spots on fabric (see pics). Bent wood frames are in excellent condition.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32 in. x W 18 in. x D 19 in.H 81.28 cm x W 45.72 cm x D 48.26 cm
  • Seat Height
    16.75 in. (42.55 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Sold As
    Set of 12
  • Reference Number
    LU2255317737071
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Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
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