In brilliant form: the wooden chair 118

The 118 collection that Sebastian Herkner has designed for Thonet is now available in six new colors.
The simple but refined design of this new version of the 118, is linked to the archetypal model of Thonet, the 214 coffee chair, thus tracing a continuum between tradition and current events.

With its elegant frame bent by hand from a single piece of wood and comfortable seat with the option of wicker caning, the 118 range refers directly to the principle developed by Michael Thonet in the mid-19th century of reducing a chair to as few elements as possible.

Now, six new high-gloss colours join the existing choices of finish for the chairs, with options for either moulded, caned or upholstered seats, as well as for the bar stools in the range which are available in two different heights.

Lacquer has always lent decorative objects that special something – from the art of Japanese lacquerware to numerous Art Deco furniture designs and to centrepieces such as precious grand pianos. Sebastian Herkner explains: “Lacquer epitomises history, culture, and style; it gives the object depth.”

In these carefully considered new colours and statement high-gloss finish, the 118 can become a design feature in any space. The 118, 118 H and 118 SP are now available in a choice of natural beech and in lacquered and stained versions, as well as in these six new high-gloss lacquer colours. The seat is available as covered with wicker cane, as a moulded seat, or in an upholstered version.


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