Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH (GTV) – Wiener GTV Design

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Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH ("GTV") is part of the Viennese-style furniture tradition. It has re-edited a series of Viennese-style classic pieces, created by Michael Thonet and his five sons, and has been making exquisite objects that harmoniously combine functionality and elegance. Also collaborating with world-renowned designers, GTV continues to create new pieces, while revisiting iconic designs, such as the famous chair n.14, the “coffee house chair” with its bent beech wood backrest. Its pieces are distinguished by the WIENER GTV DESIGN trademark.

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Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH (GTV) – Wiener GTV Design

The story of Gebrüder Thonet begins way back in 1853, when Michael Thonet and his five sons founded their furniture manufacturing company, which would later become the most prosperous of the industrial era. Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH (GTV) is today internationally recognized as one of the most relevant companies in the high-quality furniture scene, which follows the bentwood furniture tradition.

The activity of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH (GTV) develops between tradition and innovation and aims primarily to re-edit a series of Gebrüder Thonet classics, such as the famous “coffee house chair” n.14. GTV mission is to stand for the idea of contemporary furniture, using advanced production techniques to design unique products, with innovative shapes and best quality materials combined with refined and one-of-a-kind designs.

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The wood bending technique is a very ancient procedure that has been part of the craftsmanship scene for ages, although it has never really stood out due to a lack of productivity. Michael Thonet gave up the lamellar wood bending technique, employed by the artisans of the time, to create a new procedure of solid wood bending. This innovative technique is what helped him make his first wood furniture, introducing the audience to elegant and practical designs that could be made on a larger production scale.

Michael Thonet’s intuition begins with the desire to transform an artisanal process into an industrial one. In 1842 he created the technique that made him famous all over the world: the slats of wood are lathed, placed in an autoclave to absorb humidity, bended and fixed in metal molds, and finally dried. 

Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH (GTV) – Wiener GTV Design

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