Wednesday, January 15, 2014


If you know me, then you are aware that I have a wonderful French influence in my life.  Because of this, I adore finding Parisian inspired pieces making their way into current design trends.

The French Bistro Chair, or the No. 14 Chair, is one of these pieces.  Designed by German-Austrian craftsman, Michael Thonet, and introduced in 1859, this bentwood chair - being the first of it's kind -  won an award at the 1867 Paris World Exposition.  The chair was made from six pieces of steam-bent wood, ten screws, two nuts and a woven cane or palm seat.  Though it has now evolved, the original is still being distributed by Thonet with a slightly more broad color palette.

the original                             the current No. 14

Here are a few of my favorite installations using the  Parisian style bistro chair:

Here are a few of my favorites with links so that you can get the look yourself!

Photos courtesy of Houzz and Pinterest

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