A Pioneering German Brand Spanning 150 Years of Design
(New York, NY – October 2012) M2L is pleased to announce that it is the key distributor for Gebrüder T 1819 in the United States. Established by Michael Thonet in 1819, the Gebrüder brand spans 150 years of revolutionary design and innovation – from famous bentwood furniture and tubular steel classics from the Bauhaus era to modern designs from renowned contemporary architects and designers. All Gebrüder T 1819 designs are licensed and authorized by the original Thonet family in Germany and are now available in the U.S. market through M2L’s three showrooms – in New York, Boston and DC – and online at www.M2L.com.
Gebrüder is one of the oldest family-owned brands in the world with deep roots as an international leader in modern design. Established in 1819 by Michael Thonet – who invented mass-produced bentwood furniture and designed the famous Vienna coffee house chair – the German company is responsible for many breakthroughs in production and design that revolutionized the furniture industry. Most notably, in the 1920s, the family became strongly involved in the development and first industrial production of tubular steel furniture, working with famous designers connected to the Bauhaus including Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbousier. The company is currently run by the 5th generation of Thonets and continues to produce modern and elegant furniture.
“I’m honored to be a part of the North American rebranding of this historical company,” says Michael Manes, founder of M2L. “It has an unparalleled design history and fits perfectly into our mission of presenting fresh, iconic, timeless, modern design to the architecture and design community.”
Highlights of the Gebrüder T 1819 collection include:
214 (1859) – the most famous coffee house chair designed by Michael Thonet using a new bentwood technique that he developed. The chair is available with an open, upholstered, or woven cane back and molded plywood, woven cane, or upholstered seat. It is also available with a special “knot” in the right front leg (214 K).
S 33 (1926) – the original cantilever chair that first appeared in the Weissenhof-Siedlung in Stuttgart in 1927. It was designed by Mart Stam who developed the principle of cantilevering chairs by experimenting with gas pipes connected with flanges. Its clear form is made of chrome-plated tubular steel with armrests in solid beech or black elastomer and back and seat in butt leather or plastic mesh. The chair is also available in an armrest version (S 34).
S 533 (1927) – a timeless cantilever chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with elegant lines and a transparent effect. Its special comfort is derived from the signature curve of the bowed front part of the tubular steel frame. The seat and backrest are made of wicker. It was also first presented in the Weissenhof-Siedlung in 1927.
S 32 (1929) – an iconic cantilever chair designed by Marcel Breuer during his productive years in Berlin (after leaving the Bauhaus and working as an independent architect and designer). The chair is celebrated for its sophisticated form and attractive combination of tubular steel, wood and wicker. It is also available in an armchair version (S 64) and with lining in plastic mesh or upholstery.
S 43 (1931) – a versatile cantilever chair designed by Mart Stam whose clear, reserved form exemplifies the spirit of modernism. A chrome-plated tubular steel frame combines with molded plywood shells for the seat and back to create an absolute reduction. The beech wood shells come in a stained, lacquered or textured finish in 11 colors, or upholstered in leather or fabric. The chair is also available in a stackable or children’s version and with or without armrests.
130 (2010) – a modern wooden chair designed by Naoto Fukasawa with a comfortable backrest and ergonomically shaped seat resting on its frame. The frame is made of solid wood while the molded plywood seat and backrest are available in natural oak or beech. The 130 chair coordinates with the 1130 table.
405 (2011) – a striking wooden chair designed by Stefan Diez that pays homage to the company's bentwood heritage. Bent chair legs and armrests merge into a “knot,” embedded beneath the ergonomically shaped seat. The elegantly curved wooden elements in molded plywood and laminate wood stand in beautiful contrast to the vibrant upholstery. It is also available in a comfortable low lounge armchair (406).
580 (2011) – a pure and elegant chair designed by Claudio Bellini, characterized by a backrest that seamlessly flows into the flush mounted seat and delicate legs that curve inwards. The four-leg frame is available in oak, beech or walnut with leather or fabric upholstery in a range of 10 colors. The chair is also available with beautifully designed armrests and a coordinating table (1580).
107 (2011) – a solid wood chair designed by Robert Stadler with a striking offset backrest. It is particularly suited for restaurants and cafes due to its elegance, stability and lightness, continuing the company’s successful café and bistro furniture tradition. The molded plywood seat and backrest are offered in natural or stained beech and with or without an upholstered seat.
190 (2012) – a new chair designed by Lievore Altherr Molina with a young and informal appearance. It is characterized by conic wooden legs that taper towards the top to create a dynamic lightness. The four-leg frame is made of solid oiled oak or nut wood with an upholstered seat and backrest in leather or fabric. A coordinating table (1190) is available in a variety of sizes.
Founded in 1992, M2L has gained an internationally recognized reputation for presenting fresh and iconic modern design solutions to the American A&D community. M2L has introduced a myriad of iconic designers that include: Josef Hoffmann, Eileen Grey, Alvo Aalto, Walter Gropius, Eero Aarino and Pierre Paulin, as well as today's design stars like Paolo Piva, Patrick Norguet, Norman Foster, Eoos, Pearson-Lloyd, Jeff Miller and more. M2L products can be seen on their website as well as their three showrooms: 135 Madison Ave., NYC 10016; 3334 Cady's Alley, Washington DC 20007; and 104 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116. For more information, contact them at 800-319-8222 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.M2L.com" www.M2L.com, HYPERLINK "http://www.facebook.com/M2LGenuineDesign" www.facebook.com/M2LGenuineDesign or HYPERLINK "http://twitter.com/m2linc" http://twitter.com/m2linc.
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