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Design pioneer Thonet presents a cantilever chair for outdoor
Belmadur® Technology from BASF makes wooden chair weather-resistant
Becker supplies shaped, weatherproof beech wood durability class 1

Thonet cantilever chair made from weatherproof wood

Garden furniture is not always comfortable and comfortable chairs are rarely weather-resistant, but this new Thonet chair combines high standards of comfort and durability. The design pioneer Thonet displays a new version of its classic S 43 cantilever chair, incorporating a weatherproof Belmadur® Beech seat and backrest and a frame made of stainless steel, for the first time at the IMM trade fair in Cologne. The wooden seat and backrest are anatomically shaped and offer a high standard of comfort in combination with the flexible metal frame. Classical design meets innovative chemistry and for the first time a chair made of beech wood can be used outdoor as well.

“Like sitting on an elastic column of air”
Seventy-five years ago, the designer Mart Stam had the idea of constructing a chair that would be like sitting on an “elastic column of air”. It offers enhanced comfort, unlike conventional wooden slats, the large seat area does not leave any impressions on the skin, and wood is a natural material that always feels warm – advantageous also for chairs in coffee shops and garden chairs at home.

Weatherproof beech wood – a novelty in the wood industry
Becker KG in Brakel, Germany, manufactures the backrest and seat of the weatherproof S 43 cantilever chair. Becker KG is Europe’s leading supplier of moulded beech and uses BASF’s patented Belmadur® Technology to manufacture weather-resistant moulded parts from German beech. Beech wood is known as durability classification 5. By applying the Belmadur® Technology durability classification 1 is achieved.

Belmadur® – Harder than oak, as durable as teak
BASF – The Chemical Company – has been marketing its newly developed Belmadur® Technology since October 2005. This innovative process can be used to modify domestic species of wood by crosslinking the cellulose molecules, which enables them to rival the quality of expensive tropical hardwoods. Wood – mainly pine and beech – from sustainable European forests can be made much harder and more durable and it has excellent dimensional stability. Belmadur® Wood is an excellent choice for hardwearing, long-lasting flooring, garden furniture, window frames, doors and cladding and for landscaping applications.

Pigment can be added to the Belmadur® solution in order to impart colour throughout the cross-section. Many shades are possible, and the pigments can be used to complement and enhance the natural colour of the wood.


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