Bentwoods. The Bad and the Good

The original Bentwood chair was designed by German-Austrian cabinet maker Michael Thonet (often mispronounced Tho-Nay, the name should be pronounced Tone-et). The Bentwood chair is an elegant and simple design which is made through revolutionary steam bending technology that Thonet mastered. The curved backrest and support is made by heating the timber to 100 degrees Celsius, pressing them into curved cast iron moulds, and then drying them at 70 degrees for a further 20 hours. This results in a very strong, but light piece of timber left for the chair.

Below are some photos of other “Bentwood” Chairs. The first one has been made in China. Some Chinese manufacturers have been manufacturing copies of the Bentwood chair by bending a thicker plywood instead of the traditional steam and mould method. This results in a quicker production time, but other elements of the chair are compromised. The thick nature of the timber takes away its elegant style, and a less than ideal O-ring support for the legs is used.

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The image on the right is another example of a cheaply made replica. Even though the bentwood looks slightly more genuine, the leg support still shows the inferior O-ring used, and thicker legs.

Stools & Chairs’ replica of Thonet’s Bentwood Chair is guaranteed to be true to the original. It was been manufactured in Europe with all the same methods that was originally used and this is reflected in the finished product. Our Bentwoods are lightweight, elegant and strong. Get yours now for under $175 each, guaranteed to be the cheapest in Australia for the quality, with a 12 month warranty.

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