Collection by Aileen Kwun

Ways to Use a Thonet Bentwood Chair


Best known for its iconic Cafe chair, Austrian furniture company Thonet—named after its founder, Michael Thonet, who began using bentwood in the 19th-century—has continued to produce sinuous yet minimal wooden seating designs for more than 150 years. Here are seven inspiring spaces that make use of the timeless pieces.

One of the few designer pieces in the home, a set of four Michael Thonet coffee house...
In the dining area, a Campo d’oro table from De Padova is ringed by vintage Michael Thonet Bentwood chairs.
Dixon inspects a drawing in the couple’s shared office on the home’s top floor.
Khemsurov: "The blue table is a precursor to Trift, developed in 2008 for Milan's Post Design Gallery.
The living-dining room overlooks the neighborhood and the Bay beyond. The Safari chair was designed by Jens Quistgaard.
Big windows need massive supports that are hard to disguise.