Going through furniture items that were not going to make the cut for the big move, my cousin questioned the decision to sell a little cafe chair I have. “Isn’t that Bentwood?” she asked. No, surely not anything important. I bought it for $10 at Goodwill, and it looks too new to be old. It doesn’t look or feel like real wood. It’s too lightweight. It’s probably a reproduction.
That’s when I turned it over.
The underside of the chair tells a different story. Rough, heavy wood carries a beautiful label: Thonet.
Made in Czechoslovakia. “K.” According to my research, K probably stands for I.K., the name of the manufacturer. This chair was most likely built in 1945, before Czechoslovakia even became the Czech Republic!