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Miniature Schaukelsessel No. 9

By Vitra


  • Description

    Each Vitra miniature is true to the original in construction and materials, and reduced in size on a scale of 1:6. Each miniature is packaged in a wooden box, accompanied by an informational booklet. Production notes: Each of the delicate objects are made by hand; on average, each miniature requires five hours of careful manual work. Ongoing quality control ensures that every miniature corresponds to its larger original in terms of finishing, details and materials.

    In the second half of the 19th century bentwood firms began to manufacture rocking chairs which, as a symbol of leisure and relaxtion, corresponded to the need of the bourgeoisie for an appropriate level of comfort.
    Around 1882 the firm of Jacob & Josef Kohn put a model onto the market which differen-
    tiated distrinctly from earlier rocking chairs. A double loop, which clearly stands out against the framework, unites the supporting functions on either side. As a result of the back-leg-like supports of the prototypes like the Thonet rocking chair being replaced by smaller bentwood loop at the back, the construction of the chair takes on an elegant and weightless appearance. The firm, founded in 1867, had initially mainly copied Thonet furniture. Innovatory drafts, such as the Rocking Chair No. 9, helped the business to develop its own original style.

  • Technical Info

    H17.5 x W10.5 x D19.5 cm

    Materials: Bent beech wood, cane.
    Made in Poland

  • Designer
    Jacob and Josef Kohn
    Jacob and Josef Kohn and their descendents influenced classic furniture design from the jugendstil and wiener werstatte styles. The Kohn family firm was founded in 1850, as a producer of lumber. Jacob Kohn went into partnership with his son Josef (1814-1884) in 1867. J&J Kohn is most famous for their chairs including rocking chairs. Their factory in wsetin, moravia (vsetin, czechoslovakia) was built toward the end of 1869. J&J Kohn were associated with renowned architects and designers from the turn of the century onward.
    Michael Thonet
    With the invention of bentwood furniture, Michael Thonet laid the cornerstone of industrial production. He was born in 1796 in Boppard/Rhine, where he opened his own workshop in 1819. Together with his sons he founded a company in 1849; within a short amount of time it became globally successful and expanded rapidly. More than 865,000 bentwood chairs per year were produced in today's Czech Republic, Hungary, and Russia. Michael Thonet died in Vienna in 1871; his sons then took over the company.
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    4-6 weeks

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