• Ulrich Böhme S 826 Rocking Chair
  • Ulrich Böhme S 826 Rocking Chair
A uniquely relaxing piece of furniture: The S 826 rocking chair by Ulrich Böhme is one of few of its kind to be made of tubular steel. Its unusual degree of springy comfort and its timeless, simple form captivate at first sight.

The generous, elegant movement of the tubular steel frame bent into an infinite loop, coupled with the ergonomic form of the seat shell, communicate comfort in a modern, effortless manner. The S 826 was already designed by Ulrich Böhme in 1971. It was thus the first piece of furniture design by this renowned German designer and was initially retained in the Thonet programme for 18 years. In 2006, the S 826 will now be included in the tubular steel collection once again.

The S 826 at home in three centuries: in the design of his rocking chair, Ulrich Böhme has simultaneously tapped into two aspects of the Thonet brand tradition. In terms of its type and form, the chair is a reinterpretation of the classic bentwood rocking chair No. 1 from the 19th century. In terms of its material, it refers to the tubular steel designs of the 1920s the second major constant in Thonet’s programme. And now it is to be produced once again at the beginning of the 21st century as a result of its convincing timeless form, which is still contemporary and reveals the chair to be a modern classic.

The unity of function, design, construction and material positions the S 826 unmistakably within the Thonet tradition. Ulrich Böhme described the genesis of the chair as follows: “I laid our old Thonet bentwood rocking chair on its side and traced its outer contours, looked for the radii and the central points of the circles formed by the individual curves and thus arrived at the construction drawing for the tubular steel frame. The prototype was just right functional, aesthetic and static. The drawing did not require any correction not least because its archetype was just right.”

Details and materials: the S 826 has a tubular steel frame curved into an infinite loop and an upholstered wooden seat shell which can be covered with a variety of fabrics or leather. Ulrich Böhme himself revised the details in close cooperation with Thonet, with the balance and proportion of the contours and form of the seat shell being reviewed and the cover processing updated. The more elaborate design thus results in a high degree of value the overall appearance of the chair appears more reduced and more graphic.

The tubular steel frame largely corresponds to the original. Various accessories pay further tribute to aspects of comfort: the S 826 is available as a rocking chair without arm supports or with leather arm supports. Head cushions are available as an optional extra.

breadth: 60 cm, depth: 100 cm, height: approx. 100 cm, sitting height: approx. 44 cm.

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