Defined by its dependable bentwood construction and simple organic form, the graceful, lightweight and surprisingly strong Era Collection has been in continuous production for more than 150 years. It is the work of Michael Thonet, who perfected the bentwood process for chair-making and in the process eliminated the need for expensive and time-consuming hand-carved joints. Swiss Architect Le Corbusier used Thonet’s chairs for his projects, stating, “Never before was something more elegant and better in its conception, more precise in its realization and more fit for practical use created.” Other fans of this ubiquitous form included Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, both of whom featured it in their paintings. The Era Backless Stool (1859/1998) was created by engineers at Ton – manufacturer of Thonet seating for well over a century – in response to customer requests. Like any natural material, the wood used in this collection displays slight texture and color variations from one piece to another, making each unique. Made in the Czech Republic.
Solid beech wood from FSC-certified sources; beech plywood seat; water-based stain and varnish or lacquer; nylon floor glides.
With all the talk about form and function, we sometimes overlook the importance of the advances in materials technology in the 20th century. Without doubt, the development of bent and laminated wood veneers was one of those significant innovations, making it possible to construct furniture using fewer pieces and allowing designers to obtain greater visual unity and fluidity. One can hardly imagine the work of Alvar Aalto or Charles and Ray Eames without this technology.
Michael Thonet is one of the most important innovators in bent wood furniture making. Thonet patented a process of bending under heat several layers of wood veneer glued together and laminated.and used the new material to create curved back-rails and legs on chairs, contoured headboards for beds and scrolled arms for sofas. Read more >