Here's an interesting collaboration – iconic German furniture company Thonet has teamed up with minimalist Japanese retailer Muji to produce affordable versions of some of its classic designs from days gone by – including the Thonet v Muji classic bentwood table and chairs.
Designer James Irvine has used some of Thonet's oldest designs, specifically the 'bentwood' furniture which originally made the company back in the 19th century and given them a more simplified, 21st century-friendly look. But best of all, for a price we might all be able to stretch to.
Which means you can get a new take on the classic 214 chair (originally produced in 1859) and matching table in natural or dark beech, handmade by Thonet, but sold by Muji for £215 (chair) or £325 (table). Look out for them in August, initially in the flagship Muji store on Tottenham Court Road, London.