B9 Chair by August Thonet

B9 Chair by August Thonet

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 21, 2011

Thonet chairs are credited with the start of the modern furniture era, taking full advantage of the advent of mass production, while imprinting generations with their iconic shape.

The B9 is a design that isn't often seen, and has a great story and look: "Like the original model of all bentwood chairs, no. 214, chair no. 209 also consists of only six parts. Swiss architect Le Corbusier was fascinated with it and used it in many of his buildings, for example the Weissenhof Siedlung in Stuttgart in 1927. He confirmed that "... this chair has nobility.""

The B9 comes in many finishes and variations, but I prefer the simple,

white stained beech that you see above. It also comes without arms should you want to pair a number of them around a table. Here is the link to the B9 page at Thonet's own site. And you can also find the B9 in white at DWR for $250.

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