Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH (GTV) is set to unveil a range of new products and collaborations at 2019. The ethos running through the collection is one of using contemporary spirit to celebrate the traditions and stylistic heritage of GTV, a brand synonymous with the introduction of the bent beech-wood technique. A unique legacy that enhancing handmade culture has marked the crucial passage from craftsmanship to industry. And now, the brand’s unparalleled expertise and future-oriented celebration of the past are being taken to the next level through collaborations with carefully selected designers, chosen on account of their shared passion for innovation.
Center stage at GTV booth for 2019 Salone del Mobile are the new collaborations with Michael Anastassiades and the storagemilano architectural firm: both are highly distinctive creative voices, with very different style and approach to tackling the archetypal Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH (GTV) pieces for the first time. These collaborations are a wonderful example of the brand’s capacity for transforming the value of the past into an asset for the future, combining sophisticated stylistic visions in a highly contemporary amalgamation of lines and forms. Chiara Andreatti, GamFratesi and Cristina Celestino are behind the other 2019 products.
New products for 2019: There are seven new products for 2019, including a brand-new line of headboards, a first-hand product category for GTV and a clear tribute to the technique of bent wood, which is widely used in the production of headboards. This sneak preview of the collection features three products, designed to be mounted to the wall and combined with neutral beds. Storagemilano is behind the architectural OTTOW, while Chiara Andreatti brings her distinctive decorative streak to YVETTE and GamFratesi deliver sleek stylishness in the form of RUE.
The three stylish, decorative pieces are designed to bring personality to sophisticated hotel suites and private bedrooms alike, adding each with their intense character personality to any room.
Other new products include: the N.200 and SUZENNE lounge chairs by Michael Anastassiades and Chiara Andreatti respectively, the MOS bench by GamFratesi and a round version of the CARYLLON dining table by Cristina Celestino.
OTTOW – design by storagemilano: Bringing their highly architectural approach to the world of furniture for the first time, storagemilano – the architecture and design studio founded by Barbara Ghidoni, Marco Donati and Michele Pasini – has created the stunning OTTOW headboard, featuring a bent beech-wood structure with square cross-sections, in two finishes: painted black or natural. An intriguing contemporary take on a classic decorative style, OTTOW creates a wood-panelling effect on the wall through a combination of different materials.
The side inserts in woven cane frame the central section in perforated wood – also available in the perforated wood and upholstered version – while the black painted version comes with brass details and the stained wood version gets copper. The name is an evocative one: the choice of square cross-sections and the panel of perforated wood reveal that OTTOW is a tribute to Otto Wagner and his iconic 1906 Postsparkasse collection, which remains in the Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH catalogue to this day.
YVETTE – design by Chiara Andreatti: Chiara Andreatti has drawn on the decorative forms of the Belle Époque for her YVETTE headboard, which combines subtle femininity with a bold creative spark. With an eclectic freshness to its graphic style, YVETTE catches the eye for its curved profiling in black lacquered or natural stained wood and black metal tubular frame, which creates a delicate pattern on the wall. The upholstered central panel brings softness to the design, counterbalancing the round decoration in woven cane, which is synonymous with the brand.
RUE – design by GamFratesi: The RUE headboard encapsulates the clean lines and Nordic feel of the GamFratesi brand. Understated yet generous in its rounded forms, the headboard shows character with its use of different thicknesses to create a carefully calibrated arrangement of overlapping elements. Made from a structure in bent beech-wood, black lacquered or natural stained, the headboard is available in two versions: in the first, the insert in woven cane – an iconic GTV detail – is doubled up by the soft padding above, while in the second the woven cane is used for the internal elliptical insert, which sits on the outer frame.
N.200 – design by Michael Anastassiades: The harmonious incorporation of traditional styles defines the new N.200 lounge chair from Michael Anastassiades. The piece provides a sophisticated expression of the Gebrüder Thonet Vienna style and its deep vocation for design innovation. The seat represents the perfect combination of the brand’s history and the tradition of bent beech-wood, whose roots stretch back into design culture for over two centuries. In continuation of the long-standing tradition of naming the seats with ascending numbers, N.200 celebrates the 200th anniversary of the opening of the very first joinery workshop, launched by Michael Thonet in Boppard in 1819.
With a deeply harmonious stylistic approach, the renowned designer has brought his poetic yet disciplined hand to some of the archetypal GTV design features: bent beech-wood and woven cane. These become the distinguishing features of N.200, where method and form come together to create a timeless chair with a deliberately clean, minimalist elegance. The Company and the designer share a focus on attention to detail: the black lacquered or natural stained wooden structure features curving that creates the armrests and feet with apparent simplicity, showcasing the high manufacturing standards at GTV, while the seat and backrest in woven cane contribute to the overall feeling of lightness.
CARYLLON – design by Cristina Celestino: The CARYLLON dining tables collection by Cristina Celestino is enriched by the new round version with inlaid top in shades of blue and the structure in the new dark blue lacquered wood. The leitmotiv of the collection is the use of square cross-section wood for the structure, which creates a balanced contrast with the rich decorative effect of the tops, which are inspired by straw marquetry, an intricate artisanal technique where strips of straw are inlaid in typical Art Deco colours.
CARYLLON is a tribute to the expressive power of marquetry yet also a homage to contemporary styles, showcasing the perfect combination of GTV’s expert manufacturing and the careful selection of materials, which forms a key part of Cristina Celestino’s design style. It’s a clear reference to the centuries-old history of GTV, whose founder Michael Thonet started out as a cabinet-maker. In a harmonious balance of multi-coloured elements, the intense colour palette chosen for the tops contrasts with the bent beech-wood profile and brass details, which represents another salient feature of this unique collection. Rectangular and round dining tables are available, as well as a flower-shaped low table designed to be positioned in front of a sofa, available in two heights.