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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 282,929 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Michael Thonet is the 13th most popular designer (down from 12th in 2019), the 580th most popular biography from Germany (down from 518th 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 13 out of 86Before him are William Morris, Thomas Andrews, Aldus Manutius, Paco Rabanne, Gerrit Rietveld, and László Moholy-Nagy. After him are Giorgetto Giugiaro, Valentino, René Lalique, Maurizio Gucci, Georg Elser, and Exekias.

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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, Jakob Steiner, Franz Berwald, Caroline Amalie of Augustenburg, Carl Loewe, Peter Fendi, and Giovanni Pacini. 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 Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Louise of the Netherlands, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, Omar Pasha, Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, and Sigismond Thalberg.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Michael Thonet ranks 580 out of 6,142Before him are Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia (1907), Rudolf von Jhering (1818), George Grosz (1893), Simon Marius (1573), Rudolf Mössbauer (1929), and Hans Geiger (1882). After him are Ludwig Tieck (1773), Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria (1839), Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1858), Hans Luther (1879), Philipp Scheidemann (1865), and Willi Stoph (1914).

Among DESIGNERS In Germany

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