Matthias Pliessnig

Matthias Pliessnig BFA 2003
Thonet No.18, 2007

Thonet No. 18 reinterprets Michael Thonet’s classic bent wood chair design, which had a tremendous impact on simplifying the manufacturing process of furniture in the late 19th century. To create the piece, Pliessnig has ferociously wrapped the chair with steamed, unsanded, unfinished white oak strips until it is no longer usable. An ode to the simplicity of the Thonet chair, this new interpretation questions superfluous design.

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