Background: Thonet's 214, the "coffee-house-chair" became the first flat-pack chair. The revolutionary process enabled the chair to be constructed from six components and a handful of screws. As a result it was easily shipped all ove rthe wolrd and assembled on site in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa. Today the 214 chair is the most successful industrial product in the world, and is the reason why Thonet is regarded as one of the pioneers of industrial design.
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