Marcel Breuer, Freischwinger Armlehnsessel B35, 1928/1929. Gebrüder Thonet AG, Frankenberg, Ausführung 1931. Foto: Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (A. Laurenzo)
17/05/2019 - 02/02/2020

Thonet & Design


From a one-man business to a global enterprise: We reflect on 200 years of furniture design as illustrated by the history of family company Thonet. The groundbreaking achievements of the early period – new technologies, new design methods, new distribution and marketing channels – are juxtaposed to developments in the 20th and early 21st century. The firm founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker from Boppart, evolved down through the decades into one of the most important makers of bentwood furniture. Its “No. 14” continues to be one of the most popular chairs to this day and is still produced in large numbers.

In the late 1920s, Thonet turned its attention to tubular steel furniture and teamed up with several Bauhaus designers who created chairs in what was then an innovative technology. As these tubular steel furniture items and the early bentwood furniture have long been part of the permanent exhibition at Die Neue Sammlung, the focus of the current presentation is on the pioneering creations by modern designers from Eddie Harlis via Verner Panton through to Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic and – most recently – Sebastian Herkner. For the design of the exhibition we were able to engage the services of Munich designer Steffen Kehrle, who in this context is also designing a seat especially for Die Neue Sammlung.

Michael Thonet / Peter Hubert Desvignes, Stuhl Nr. 1 (Schwarzenberg-Sessel), c. 1849. Gebrüder Thonet, Wien: Ehemals Königshaus Hannover. Foto: Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (A. Laurenzo)
Michael Thonet / Peter Hubert Desvignes, Stuhl Nr. 1 (Schwarzenberg-Sessel), c. 1849. Gebrüder Thonet, Wien: Ehemals Königshaus Hannover. Foto: Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (A. Laurenzo)

Planning your visit

Open today till 6:00 pm

Opening Hours

Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 20.00
Monday closed


Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 München

Admission prices (Inclusive opening hours )

Sunday admission 1€

Thursday – Saturday 10€
reduced 7€
Day pass (Alte Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne, Museum Brandhorst, Sammlung Schack) 12€

Duration of the visit

ca. 60 minutes


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Further visitor information

More information about your visit

further exhibitions

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Ingo Maurer und Team, YaYaHo, 1984. Foto: Ingo Maurer GmbH
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15/11/2019 - 18/10/2020
Judith Joy Ross, Untitled, from the series "Portraits at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.", 1983 1984, Bromide silver gelatin print on light-sensitive printing-out paper, gold-toned On permanent loan from Siemens AG since 2003 © Bavarian State Painting Collections
Portraits from August Sander to Rineke Dijkstra
19/05/2020 - 28/02/2021
August Sander, Bauernkinder, iglesiente (?), 1927
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Bettina Dittlmann, brooch, 2018, magnet, iron, garnets, 15 cm, h. 16 cm
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© Anish Kapoor. DACS/VG Bild-Kunst, 2020
Anish Kapoor – HOWL
16/09/2020 - 15/08/2021



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