History, which uses a capital “h” as a warning, seems to be related as a chronicle of what happens in important offices or desolate battle fields. However, our small stories, written in stubborn small letters, belong in a more discrete place: that time when wellington boots saved more lives than penicillin or the extending of public lighting. One change was unstoppable: new urban development, new businesses, new spaces for social life.
Thus, the 19th century saw the rise of the avant-garde: painters escaped from academies and sought refuge in cafés in order to capture life as it happened. And cafés became one of the settings of this movement, but what appearance would they adopt? Michael Thonet would be one of their builders.