The reinterpretion of the culture and history of the classic bentwood chair.

Thonet, 2021

With its various versions, the 520 by Marco Dessí is the perfect chair, and not only for dining tables: high sitting comfort unites with a visual and physical lightness. It also fascinates with a confident elegance that carries the culture and history of the classic Thonet bentwood chair within. In his design, Dessí replaced the empty spaces between the bentwood elements with comfortable upholstery. The simple and intelligent construction enables the design of various versions, with or without armrests. Combined with a large selection of cover materials, the chair range is suitable for a wide range of uses, from sophisticated dining to executive meetings.

Upholstered element with or without armrests, covers in leather or fabric. Four-leg frame in solid beech wood, natural or stained

“I wanted the design to be a product that was unmistakably Thonet. It was important to me that the chair embodied the lightness of the coffee house classics and retained their communicative character. I wanted the chair to work as a stand-alone piece as well as in groups, and also to evoke that special emotion that is particular to Thonet chairs. And with that I don’t mean a nostalgic emotion that reminisces about the past. We were always in agreement on that – the chair should be modern and yet also have a connection to Thonet’s history.”

Marco Dessí