1796-1871 Experimented heavilywith thebentwood processandpioneered the mass production of furniture. In1819he established his own furniture workshop in his home town of Boppard am Rhein, and around1830he started toexperiment with laminated woodintheBiedermeier style.
He showcased his work at theKoblenz 1841 exhibition,the same year hepatented hiswood bending processinEngland, France andBelgium.
The following year he exhibitedatMainz, attracted the attention of the prince/court of Metternich and subsequently received aninvitation to travel to Vienna. Setting up a company withKarl Leistler and going on to gaincommissions from prince Liechtenstienand thebritish architect P.H. Desvignes.
Choosing to remain in Vienna,having gained a 5 year contract decorating a palace for Liechstenstien in the neo- rococo style with P.H. Devignes. Thonet set up a new workshop with his sons in Gumpendorf, (1849),focusing heavily upon developing techniques for mass production.
He went on to exhibit his furniture at the 1851 Great exhibition, Crystal Palace, London. Receiving the bronze award for innovation and setting a precedent in industrial aestheticsthat was later further developed during the art deco period by modernist designers.