15 September 2014
Invest to innovate. That’s what the historic firm of Gebrüder Thonet has always done, ever since it started to experiment with the steam bending of solid wooden dowels in the middle of the 19th century. In keeping with its glorious past, the Austrian manufacturer is today turning to young talents for the design of new models. Like Charlie Styrbjörn Nilsson, who with Ladder has revived the tradition of the celebrated No. 14 chair, borrowing from it a quarter circle that he has turned into the rungs of a ladder. Light and strong, the characteristics for which Thonet is famous, this ladder for indoor use combines functionality and elegance. Ladder has been able not only to change the status of the object from a practical device into a piece of furniture in its own right, but also to bring history into the present.