An authentic Bruno Weil’s No.1294 Bent Plywood Chair, introduced by Thonet in 1945. This iconic bent plywood chair with its swivel seat has Thonet’s signature bentwood frame with stainless steel foot sleeves. This chair with its simple organic design features the original upholstered vinyl seat, maple plywood frame and stainless-steel feet. The chair is extremely sturdy, and the swivel adds to both versatility and comfort. The design is classic in origin, yet versatile and contemporary to the aesthetic of any environment. Original condition and labels.
Condition Report: Good with a beautiful mellow patina. Small vinyl tear at seat, strong and sturdy frame.
Designer: Bruno Weil
Attribution Marks: Thonet New York, NY
Place of Origin: New York City, NY
Production Period: 1945-1950’s
Design Period: Mid Century
Materials: Maple Plywood, Stainless Steel, Vinyl
Wear: Slight rubbing at front edge of seat – wear consistent with age and use
Measurements: 19” W x 25 1/2” D x 31″ H; Seat Height 17”H
Michael Thonet established a furniture company, Gebruder Thonet, i.e. Thonet Brothers, which later was shortened to Thonet. The company was based in Austria, but quickly became well known around the world for producing sturdy, low cost, highly functional furniture. Thonet’s strategic advantage was that his patented bending process provided the means to create the first mass produced line of furniture that was beautiful and unique.
Throughout the early 20th century, the volume, expertise and reach of the Thonet Company’s manufacturing capabilities attracted many of the world’s leading designers: Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, Mies Van der Rohe, Otto Wagner and in-house designer, Bruno Weil.
In 1941 as demand for their furniture in the USA continued to grow and as WWII disrupted their European markets and material supplies, Thonet sent several experienced family members to start production in Statesville, NC. Soon after they added locations in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and New York City, where the factory was outfitted with state of the art radio frequency bending equipment to produce the highest quality plywood furniture parts available at that time.
Bruno Weil (Bèwè) – German architect and artistic director of Thonet Frères Paris
Thonet (est. 1819 in Vienna)