As designer Robert Stadler says; “To design a new bistro chair for Thonet is a touchy task."
Very true, but then not everyone would come up with such a subtle twist on the archetype like Stadler's new 107 chair.
The idea for Chair 107 came from the commission of a typical Thonet chair for the Corso restaurants, since Stadler is in charge of their overall design. However, rather than producing one more designer comment on this essential piece of furniture, Stadler came up with a completely new line of chairs instead.
"My starting point was the fact that today chair 214 - historically baptized Nr. 14 - is rather expensive, which represents a certain break in regards to Thonet's history." says Stadler.
"Indeed the company is renewed for being the first having achieved a world wide distribution of their furniture thanks to its ingenious conception based on dismantling. Yet, after more than 40 millions sold chairs the manufacturing of the backpart is still rather traditional.
With chair 107, I focused on a new design of that element which is now being produced in an almost totally automated process.”