On the occasion of the 200-year anniversary of the company Thonet, the MAK presents an extensive exhibition on Modern furniture.
In 1842, the German cabinetmaker Michael Thonet moved to Vienna: Here he was able to perfect his own invention of bentwood
furniture and found the greatest furniture empire of the 19th century. With the No 14 Chair produced from 1859 onward, the
company Thonet created not only one of the so far most sold pieces of furniture in the world but also an unchallenged classic
of design. The exhibition at the MAK shows the fundamental importance of the company Thonet for the design of Modern furniture
and places its characteristic and world-famous bentwood furniture into the context of contemporary technological, typological,
aesthetic, and historical developments.
The MAK is home to an extensive collection of furniture and woodwork, in light of which the artistic and stylistic tendencies
of furniture historywith a focus on Austria and Viennacan be understood along with the cultural-historical and
political developments of the past nearly 150 years. The collection encompasses over 4,600 objects ranging from small carvings
and ornamental boxes to massive cabinets and whole room interiors.