Cantilevered Form

Hans Luckhardt's ST 14

The poetic form of Hans Luckhardt's ST 14 transcends the cantilever principle set forth a few years earlier by Breuer, Mies van der Rohe and Stam. Rigid geometries are replaced with fluid streamlining and a seemingly weightless seat. This example retains an early metal Thonet plaque, a label used until 1935 when it was replaced by a tube steel logo. The design was initially developed for production by Desta in 1931 but Anton Lorenz sold Desta to Thonet in 1932. Thonet attempted to redesign the structure to give it a cleaner line and to make the design more feasible for mass production, thus the struts differ from Desta’s model. Ultimately, Thonet never put this chair into production.