Cafe Chairs are the new black

Orange is the New Black - Season 1, Episode 3 - Dining room in yuppy couples home.

Orange is the New Black - Season 1, Episode 3 - Dining room in yuppy couples home.

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 18

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 18

Fun fact: In 1859, Thonet produced Chair No. 14.  Fifty million of these chairs were produced through 1930.

The cafe chairs became ubiquitous, and they began to pop up in paintings of the time.  Below is a painting of the interior of the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec.  The chair is clearly featured.  

I love the cafe chairs that popped up in Episode 3 of Orange is the New Black.  It's a Netflix show about a woman who has to go to prison, so I didn't thinker there would much to write about, but clearly I was wrong.   

Not as big a fan of the table, but I liked that they paired the chairs with something slick and contrasting.   

I think of Michael Thonet as the godfather of the cafe/bistro chair.  He specialized in bent wood furniture, and began producing pieces in the 1830s.  

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 14

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 14

Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec - At the Moulin Rouge, 1890s

Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec - At the Moulin Rouge, 1890s