Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Thonet Bentwood and Cane Armchair Model No. A 283 F

Constructed of bent beechwood with a plywood seat and cane back. Armchair model no. A 283 F, designed by Gustav Adolf Schneck, Stuttgart / Thonet-Mundus 
Vienna, before 1931.

Provenance: Washington, D.C. and before Vienna, Austria

Good vintage condition. Recently refurbished to ensure structure and refinished with a clear gloss.

Price: Sold

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Thonet furniture:

In 1830, Michael Thonet began experimenting with what was soon to be known as "bentwood" furniture and it was not long before Thonet and his sons were producing this furniture on an industrial scale. The name Thonet quickly became synonymous with a high standard of exquisite craftsmanship and Thonet's bentwood products soon joined the ranks of the most famous and most imitated furniture products of modern times.

During the late 19th century, many bentwood furniture designs were created by Thonet, with the help of unknown artists and artisans. However, by the turn of the century, a new design trend had emerged, and furniture manufacturers recruited renowned artists and architects of the time to create innovative new products. 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: Otto Wagner, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier’s, and Mies Van der Rohe.

Adolf Gustav Schneck (1883-1971):

Schneck was a German architect, furniture designer, and professor and Head of the Department of Furniture and Interior Design at the Württ. Staatl. He is associated with the Bauhaus style and the New Building. 

The interiors for houses 17 and 18, designed by Otto Niedermoser and Karl Bräuer, show furniture designed by Schneck: fanned iteration of the A63F, the A413F as a side chair, and dining chairs painted “pale green”. His bentwood furniture designed has become synonymous with the Werkbund Estate.

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