Homo Faber

PRESS EN Languages Account Follow us Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter
Presented by logo Homo Faber by Michelangelo Foundation
Explore Artisans Museums & Galleries Experience Itineraries About
©Philipp Thonet
©Philipp Thonet
©Philipp Thonet
©Philipp Thonet
©All rights reserved


  • Furniture making
  • Frankenberg, Germany
  • Manufacturer
  • Not open to the public
Thonet Furniture making
©Philipp Thonet

For more than two centuries, Thonet has been producing furniture for interior spaces. The unique success story of Thonet began with the work of master carpenter Michael Thonet. Ever since he established his first workshop in 1819, the name Thonet has stood for high-quality, innovative and elegant furniture. The breakthrough came with the iconic chair No. 14 (today No. 214): the pioneering technique of bending solid beechwood enabled the mass production of chairs for the first time.


The second milestone in design history was the tubular steel furniture by the famous Bauhaus architects Mart Stam, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer in the 1930s, which are now considered timeless. Today, the design icons made of bentwood and tubular steel, as well as contemporary pieces of furniture designed by renowned international and national designers, are produced in Frankenberg, Germany, with a passion for materials and unique precision. The combination of cutting-edge production technologies and traditional craftsmanship has made Thonet one of the most successful furniture companies worldwide.

You may also visit

You may also like

Download the app

Find all the Homo Faber Guide content at hand, save, like and much more!