manufactured by THONET

manufactured by THONET


Two pieces of furniture, recreated in collaboration with THONET

MUJI reproduced two historically significant pieces of furniture: the bentwood chair "No.14", produced by Thonet since 1859 and the bent tubular steel chair "B32", created by a Bauhaus graduate in the 1920s.
This project is an attempt by MUJI, in cooperation with the THONET company, which has long been producing both products in Germany to bring two outstanding pieces of furniture as "natural, high quality furniture for everyone" to life.

History of Tubular steel

Educated at Bauhaus, and working there as an instructor after graduation, Marcel Breuer devised minimalist designs using steel pipes. Thonet backed their development.

Breuer developed desks and other kinds of furniture from steel pipes. Even now, Thonet is still producing them.

Thonet uses steel pipes that are 2mm or over in thickness. It is common for other companies to use thin pipes in general-use products, but they were able to realize its strength through superior techniques.

History of Bentwood

Bending the wood. This technique was a great innovation in furniture making. Amongst these kinds of furniture, the clarity of form seen in the No. 14, along with its outstanding quality, caused it to spread across the world, meaning that even now, they are considered to be "standard chairs".

The wood is steamed and softened, the ends then secured to bands of iron, then twisted by two people, then put inside. Having the workflow divided, with each part of the process having its own person in charge, was an innovative approach.

To form the No.14, only six parts, plus screws, are used. Transporting it before assembly means that the space required is only 1/8th that required if it were in a completed state. This is another aspect of keeping costs low.

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