Front Design Studio Revisits Thonet's Classic ‘N.14' Chair


April 20, 2017 | BY AFP Relaxnews

The Swedish design duo has revisited the classic "N.14" chair by Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH, giving rise to the "N.0."


Front's "N.0" chair is inspired by the classic "N.14" model. It has a generous circular seat and backrest, and is available in two colors: one with a white seat and a light-colored woven cane backrest and an all-black model. Plus, the "N.0" is available in versions with or without a single armrest.


This isn't the first time that the Swedish design studio Front has worked with Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH (GTV). Anna Lindgren and Sofia Lagerkvist are known for their creations with an ironic overtone. Their designs for Moooi, for example, include an imposing horse-shaped lamp and a surprising pig coffee table from the "Animal Thing" collection.


Furniture manufacturer GTV dates back to 1842, when Michael Thonet left Germany and headed to Vienna, Austria, where he set up "Gebrüder Thonet" in 1853.

GTV is known for abandoning the more traditional technique of glued lamellar wood in favor of the industrial chemical-mechanical steam-bent process. This innovation allowed the firm to produce wooden furniture on a mass scale.


One of the firm's most emblematic pieces is the "N.1" chair, designed for Vienna's famous Palais Schwarzenberg. This was followed by models such as the "N.14," with more than 50 million units produced between 1850 and 1930.