The Thonet family is famous for pioneering bent steamed wood, in the 1830's. The results of these efforts are beautiful, practical pieces of furniture including the famous Chair 14.
And MANY other designs.
But here is a modern interpretation of the wood bending technique by Stefan Diez, titled 404.
Go to the website and click on the bottom image to sift through photos of the entire process. Very interesting!
images from chairblog.eu and Stefan Diez