2008 | 2011
The use of bentwood for excellent seating comfort has always been a hallmark of Thonet’s seating furniture. Introduced three years ago, Stefan Diez’s 404 chair series has further developed this theme, using new wood processing techniques and building a bridge between tradition and contemporary interior design. Thonet has extended the successful 404 collection with two new and distinctive designs: the 405 PF and the 406 PF padded armchairs, furniture that provides relaxing seating comfort for the home as well as for hotels, restaurants and bars.
In 2009, for the furnishing of the fireplace area of the Reitschule Café in Munich’s English Garden, Stefan Diez transformed the 404 F armchair into an elegant and comfortable lounge chair (406 PF) by shortening the legs. Now, this design has been fitted with soft seat padding and, together with a slightly higher version (405 PF), has become a permanent member of the Thonet collection.
The most distinctive feature of Diez’s seating series are the curved legs and armrests that merge into a ‘knot’ and are inlaid into the anatomically shaped seat pan. The new padded chairs, with their contrasting characteristics of elegantly curved laminated wood and voluminous seat and backrest padding, communicate a feeling of comfort: a promise that certainly is fulfilled. Additionally, the generously formed backrest has just the right amount of ‘give’, which creates a pleasant, comfortable seating experience. The 405 PF is designed for standard table heights and therefore particularly suitable for use in the dining room. The lower 406 PF is a perfect chair for relaxing in the living room or in reception areas.
The seats and backrests of all designs in the series are made of moulded plywood, and the legs and rear cantilevers are made of laminated wood. All chairs are available in beech, either natural or stained, painted white or with a textured lacquer finish in various colours. The padding is available with a leather or fabric cover. Diez’s chairs and armchairs are complemented by the matching 1403 and 1404 tables.
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