More than a bentwood chair: a leader in Europe in manufacturing not only bentwood chairs
The private Czech company TON - manufacturer of a wide assortment of chairs, barstools, armchairs, tables, coat stands and outdoor furniture - measured by bentwood production the biggest in Europe.
Presently TON proposes special collections suitable for both residential and commercial premises with various wood finishes and upholstery materials: fabrics, vinyls and leather. The infinitive combination of various accessories is the specialty of the company. The production has been exported to 53 countries of the world: mainly to Europe, United States, Japan and Australia.
The Mission: Always innovating
No. 14 is nowadays an inspiration, the first chair that has been design for mass production, within the furniture-making history, and a timeless design symbol.
In line with this, today TON is interesting in creation industrial design products, simple and innovative, elegant and durable at the same time, with high level of comfort and safety, certified to international standards and sold at a reasonable price.
The Thonet-evolution: looking for an equilibrium between tradition and cutting-edge design
Thanks to TON, the unique manufacture of Thonet chairs is nowadays like an excursion from the 19th century till today. The world best selling chair produces the same way as 150 years ago. A hard job of workers in the bending shop results in the No. 14 Thonet chair, a timeless and elegant chair that ranks among the design icons.
In times of robots and computer-controlled machines, photographs and shots from the beech wood bending shop can remind you of a live museum. However, even the best machine cannot cope with the ingenious invention of Michael Thonet, who was born on July 2, 1796, exactly 214 years ago.
Bending a piece of steamed solid wood at an angle of as many as 180°, which is attached to a mold by clamps and steel flanges prevent the wood from cracking (while bending pressure does not affect surface of the wood but a place under the steel flange) – a job that human hands can only manage. In addition, these hands are strong and very skilled due to long-time experience.
The experienced workers of the bending shop, who gain work experience for a number of months, then represent a guarantee that no mistake occurs. They do the physically demanding job in pairs, whereas 150 years ago even 3-worker groups did the same job.
Even today the products are created with the greatest attention to the details that make difference in terms of comfort and usability. All the TON’s seating collections are functional, sturdy and features ergonomic details and beautiful forms and lines, blending manual craftsmanship and cutting-edge production processes.