07 July 2011
Ton is the oldest producer of bent wood furniture in the world. Their products include the iconic Chair number 14, designed by Michael Thonet. The Czech company has been operating since 1861 when Michael Thonet laid the first stone of the original Thonet factory in Bystřice pod Hostýnem.
The factory was the largest of its kind and the company went from strength to strength. Ton has had many different guises including Thonet, Thonet–Mundus and finally Ton in 1953. Today TON is one of the major European manufacturing centres of quality bent wood furniture.
Ton offer a huge range of chairs, tables and other furniture. The bending process involves steam baths to allow for easy bending. To make the most curved parts, for example the back rest of a Chair number 14, a mould is used to prevent the wood cracking. The resulting pieces are simple, attractive and strong. Michael Thonet demonstrated the solidity of Chair number 14 by throwing it down from the Eiffel Tower at the World Exhibition in Paris where it was awarded the gold medal.
Ton continues to be a successful manufacturer, moving with the times to keep the designs fresh and modern. The timeless techniques used by Michael Thonet over 150 years ago are still relevant today. You can buy many Ton items from SCP here.