Reinterpretation of a classic: 808 Lounge chair by Thonet

Munich-based design studio Formstelle has created a lounge chair for Thonet. The 808 Lounge chair is a reinterpretation of the classic wing chair. A hard outer shell supports a soft quilted seat upholstered in a specially commissioned fabric made in collaboration with German textile manufacture Rohi. Called “Soul”, the textile is made using a new woolen yarn and a multidimensional honeycomb structure that lends the fabric depth.

There are six different color palettes, each consisting of material options in leather, fabric and formed fleece, with matching decorative seams. A mechanism allows users to adjust the position of the chair, while an auto-return spring assures that the chair always comes back to its original position. The angle of backrest can also be adjusted from an upright to a fully reclined position.  The swivel frame of the lounge chair is available in wood with bentwood elements, or with flat steel or tubular steel in various colors.

A coordinating footstool is also available.


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Based in Frankenberg, Germany, Thonet works with architects and designers, including Claudio Bellini, Stefan Diez, Naoto Fukasawa, Hadi Teherani, James Irvine, Glen Oliver Löw, Lepper, Schmidt, and Sommerlade. This family enterprise is managed by the fifth-generation of Thonets.