Searching for the Gothic in Ikea

Tommy
Tommy
Oct 21, 2019 · 6 min read

ichael Thonet was approaching middle age when he presented his system of laminated veneers to the Emperor of Austria-Hungry. Already a successful cabinet maker, Thonet had spent the better part of the 1830’s experimenting with ways to bend wood, thinking that were he to succeed, he would have the means to mass produce attractive, inexpensive furniture. He was right. The Emperor’s approval led to a patent, and, by the time war…