Café Daum Coat Stand by Ton
Let's visualise ? it's 19th-century Vienna: the café culture is booming, and high society congregates daily to gossip and sip capucin. Here, among the fug of smoke, chatter and coffee highs, design innovator Michael Thonet is at work creating stylish, wooden furniture using all-new methods.
In 1849, as part of his first major commission, the German-Austrian carpenter and (soon-to-be) industrialist used his newly perfected steam-bent solid wood to design a coat stand for the Café Daum.
The simple frame, which houses hats, coats and brollies, became synonymous with the era and, more than a century later, continues to be a common feature in cosmopolitan cafés and contemporary hallways the world over.
Coat Stand, £130, Ton at SCP