Established in Germany in 1819, Thonet, or Gebrüder T 1819 in the US, is considered a pioneer of furniture design throughout the world. The company was founded by Michael Thonet to produce his own designs, using the then new bentwood process, which led to the iconic bentwood chair series recognizable everywhere from contemporary homes to historic movie sets. In the 1930's a major expansion took place with the addition of tubular steel furniture from famous Bauhaus associated designers such as Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, and Mies van der Rohe. Today Thonet is still a family-run business which continues to support new design innovation and meticulous craftsmanship in modern furniture production.