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Brief Published: 15 Nov 2012

107 Chair by Robert Stadler for Thonet


Austrian designer Robert Stadler has redesigned the classic café chair introduced by German manufacturer Thonet in the 19th century. The original chair was made of steam-bent wood and featured elegant curves. Stadler has taken the essence of this design and updated it to fit in with modern manufacturing methods. 

Named the 107, his design features straighter lines and, unlike the original chair – the 214 – it can be made by machine, making it more cost efficient. The frame is still constructed from solid wood, but the seat and backrest are made from plywood, enabling the chair to be mass-produced with ease.

Originally designed last year for the Corso restaurants in Paris, the chair is now available to buy from Thonet’s main collection. It is available in a natural or stained finish, with textile or leather upholstery. 

Robert Stadler