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Outdoor Furniture: New All-Weather Classics from Thonet

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Outdoor Furniture: New All-Weather Classics from Thonet

January 29, 2016

After nearly 200 years of making furniture, German company Thonet is venturing outdoors for the first time this spring, with a new weather-resistant collection featuring some of its classic chairs.

We spotted the news via online magazine Dezeen, which sent a film crew to Frankenberg, Germany to create a video for Thonet to use to introduce the new outdoor furniture line.

Thonet’s All-Seasons collection will include weather-resistant versions of chairs by Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. “We decided to start with the really iconic pieces,” says Thonet CEO Thorsten Muck.

Photography via Dezeen.

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Above: Made of the same polished tubular steel as Thonet’s indoor chairs, the All Seasons collection of chairs will be treated with a weather-resistant coating. “They can last for decades” outdoors, says Muck.

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Above: Included in the All Season collection are Dutch furniture designer Mart Stam’s cantilevered S 33 (armless) and S34 (with arms) chairs.

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Above: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s S533 chair will be covered in UV-resistant mess fabric for outdoor use.

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Above: Thonet, originally a maker of bentwood furniture, has been producing tubular steel chairs since the 1920s when ” the teachers of the Bauhaus came to Thonet to ask if we were able to bend tubular steel in the way we were able to bend wood,” says Muck.

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