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THONET GmbH, Frankenburg, Germany
Peter Thonet is co-owner of the Frankenberg-based Thonet GmbH – a family-run company, established in 1819, which has been behind a number of innovations in the history of furniture, including the bentwood chair No 4 and the cantilever chairs by Bauhaus designers Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe. After training as a banker, Peter Thonet was apprenticed to a well-known Munich-based furniture dealer before joining Thonet in 1974. He has been marketing and sales director since 1984 and a member of the executive board since 1997. (April 2014)