We recently had the pleasure of meeting with Philipp Thonet, part of the 5th generation of Thonet's now running Gebrüder T 1819 (Thonet). His knowledge and passion with regards to the company's history, relevance, and mission were very contagious and we are so excited to be working with a furniture manufacturer equally dedicated to timeless design and responsibly produced goods.
Established in Frankenberg in 1819, Gebrüder T 1819 is considered a pioneer of furniture design throughout the world.
The company, known as Thonet (TAWN-it) outside the United States, was founded by Michael Thonet to produce his own designs, using the new bentwood process, which led to the iconic bentwood chair series recognizable as a classic European cafe chair, still ever-present in homes and restaurants worldwide today.
In the 1930's a major expansion took place with the addition of tubular steel furniture from famous Bauhaus associated designers such as Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, and Mies van der Rohe.
Today Gebrüder T 1819 is still a family-run business which continues to support new design innovation and meticulous craftsmanship in modern furniture production. In doing so, the company has recently produced designs by Stefan Diez, Claudio Bellini, Lievore Altherr Molina, Pierro Lissoni, Naoto Fukasawa, James Irvine, and others.
Gebrüder T 1819 is one of only ten companies worldwide to receive the Green Globe High Achievement Award for its commitment to sustainability. In the business category, it is the only company that meets and exceeds the award’s requirements in the areas of development, production and distribution.
Victoria & Albert Museum
Design Museum London
Museum of Arts and Design
Vitra Design Museum
interior innovation award 2014 - S 1200
interior innovation award 2014 - 330 FST
interior innovation award 2013 - 192 PF
DDC Gute Gestaltung 2011 - 130
iF product design award 2011 - Gold 7000
iF product design award 2010 - Gold 404 H
iF product design award 2009 - Gold 404 F