With its slim, curved backrest and its lightweight and elegant look, the 107 chair is reminiscent of Thonet’s famous 214 coffee house chair. An effect intended by Austrian-born and Paris-based designer Robert Stadler, who sees his 107 chair as a contemporary re-interpretation of the most famous of classic chair designs. The new 107 chair connects to Thonet’s longstanding tradition by being an ideal piece of furniture for the café and restaurant trade, which is equally well suited for use in private living and dining interiors
“You only have to think of Buckminster Fuller who was able to achieve maximum stability with minimal use of materials when designing his geodesic domes. I took this idea as an inspiration and I also simplified the design by replacing curves with straight lines without compromising the chair’s comfort. I wanted to design a variation on the famous 214 that would take the original idea as a guideline: creating a Thonet chair that can be produced in a cost-efficient way,” says Robert Stadler.