m21 has longed loved the classic style of thonet chairs as they are simple and timeless and pair well with any decor. because of it. we find them to be a nice counterpoint to modern styles (you know how m21 likes to mix it up), taking a bit of the edge off, and in particular, maison21 loves to pair them with a saarinen tulip table; it always looks casual and chic.
fanciful thonet chairs paired with a saarinen tulip table in a kitchen by the super-talented tom scheerer. m21 is a cocky mo fo and thinks himself to be as good as any designer working, but that tom scheerer may be the exception to the rule- he makes sophisticated yet casual look so effortless and easy, it's almost supernatural. in fact, you have m21's permission: if you can afford mr. scheerer, by all means hire him; if you can't, call me- we'll talk... ;-)in fact, a couple of years ago maison21 actually purchased a set of 4 thonet chairs to go around a client's large saarinen table, but by the time we added in 4 more,(8 were needed) and lacquered them, the resulting set became too expensive for our budget, so we scrapped the concept and went another direction (reselling the chairs we bought at cost to a lucky friend, btw). we sure wish these c & b versions had been around back then as they already come lacquered black or white, and at $119.00 per, would have fit our budget quite nicely. heck, they fit into anyone's budget at that price- add in a docksta saarinen knock-off from ikea for $149.00, and you have a chic dining set for less then seven hundred bucks!
vintage thonet chairs around a saarinen table, featured in the late great domino magazine- designer unknown.