Michael Thonet

1796 - 1871

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Michael Thonet (2 July 1796 – 3 March 1871) was a German-Austrian cabinet maker, known for the invention of bentwood furniture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Thonet has received more than 290,763 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia. Michael Thonet is the 14th most popular designer (down from 13th in 2019), the 638th most popular biography from Germany (down from 580th in 2019) and the most popular German Designer.

Michael Thonet is most famous for designing the bentwood chair.

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Among designers, Michael Thonet ranks 14 out of 104Before him are Paco Rabanne, William Morris, Aldus Manutius, Gerrit Rietveld, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and László Moholy-Nagy. After him are Valentino, Georg Elser, Hugo Boss, Nina Ricci, Exekias, and Thomas Chippendale.

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Among people born in 1796, Michael Thonet ranks 5Before him are Nicholas I of Russia, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, and Adolphe Quetelet. After him are Princess Charlotte of Wales, Franz Berwald, Caroline Amalie of Augustenburg, Jakob Steiner, Peter Fendi, Philipp Franz von Siebold, and Carl Loewe. Among people deceased in 1871, Michael Thonet ranks 6Before him are Charles Babbage, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, John Herschel, Augustus De Morgan, and Daniel Auber. After him are Sigismond Thalberg, Louise of the Netherlands, Omar Pasha, Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, and Wilhelm Weitling.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Michael Thonet ranks 638 out of 7,253Before him are Gustav Ludwig Hertz (1887), Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Poland (1653), Wolfgang Paul (1913), George Grosz (1893), Sophia Charlotte of Hanover (1668), and Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg (1655). After him are Elizabeth Alexeievna (1779), Erich Hoepner (1886), John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony (1503), Erich Mielke (1907), Erich Koch (1896), and Manfred Gerlach (1928).

Among DESIGNERS In Germany

Among designers born in Germany, Michael Thonet ranks 1After him are Georg Elser (1903), Hugo Boss (1885), Dieter Rams (1932), Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff Sr. (1914), Otl Aicher (1922), Luigi Colani (1928), Margarete Steiff (1847), Anton Koberger (1440), Erik Spiekermann (1947), and Philipp Plein (1978).