Industrialization with new production techniques and materials began to replace the traditional crafts of turning and woodcarving in furniture making.
Long before Michael Thonet’s first experiments with bent wood, the use of iron had led to important innovations in this field. As early as 1736, an arms manufacturer founded by Tsar Peter the Great began producing large quantities of cast iron furniture.
The Prussian master builder Karl Friedrich Schinkel also used the cast iron process to rationalize furniture production. It was Schinkel’s architectural work in particular that earned him a reputation as one of the most important representatives of German “classicism”, but his work as a furniture designer was also of great importance. His elegant interpretations of the “classics” produced formal austerity designs for all sorts of different purposes. Schinkel’s designs not only include wooden furniture, but also 19th-century furniture. At the turn of the century, it also included a large number of iron coffee tables, garden furniture and other pieces of furniture.
Scale : 1:6
Height: 13.5cm x Width: 8 cm x Depth: 9 cm