Thonet chairs became synonymous with the concept of modern living and were the embodiment of economical, understated elegance. Michael Thonet, who lived by this time based in Moravia, was rightfully proud of his furniture empire. He received a number of awards and recognitions, including membership in the Order of Franz Joseph I.
Michael Thonet died in 1871 and left the company to his five sons: Jakob, Josef, August, Michael Jr., and Franz. The middle son August was the most active among the brothers – in addition to his business activities, August engaged in the political and cultural life of the city and the region. He became the mayor of Bystřice pod Hostýnem and a member of the Moravian Provincial Assembly.