When it comes to the dining room, bentwood chairs are a fantastic choice. These simple and lovely chairs look like they belong inside an old French café, a Scandinavian minimalist’s home or maybe on the set of the Jolie/Pitt film By The Sea.
This curved chair has evolved only slightly since its original 19th-century inception by designer Michael Thonet, and its silhouette remains timeless. The chair was first made using steam-bent wood and called the No. 14 chair. It’s practical design and simplicity made this chair one of Europe’s most popular at the time – selling 50 million between 1859 and 1930!
“Never was a better and more elegant design and a more precisely crafted and practical item created.”Le Corbusier
While the more classic versions of the chair come in a sharp black or a faded brown, a modern take on the bentwood chair consists of a bright color like pink or blue, or even a dip-dyed look where only the top or bottom portion of the chair is painted another color.
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