811 Armchair by TON
Designed by Josef Hoffmann
The armchair blends his interest in Art Nouveau and simple shapes with manufacturing processes applied in Bystrice pod Hostynem since 1861.
The armchair is therefore more geometrical, but bears the clear features of the manual bending technique of TON.
Natural Beech or stained
Cane or upholstered
Available in a range of house fabrics and leathers
Cane Products 2 years
Ply Seat Cane Back 10 years
500mmW x 535mmD x 800mmH, 460mm Seat Height
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Industrialisation, steam power, electricity, evolutionary theory – the nineteenth century produced many remarkable innovations unsurpassed to this day.
One of these was the technique of bending wood, a technique on which Michael Thonet and his sons built a network of factories where they transformed bent wood into iconic furniture designs.
Production began in 1861 in Bystřice pod Hostýnem in the Czech republic.
The logistically advantageous position with plentiful beech trees in the surrounding forests, combined with a skilled local workforce, shaped the spirit of a factory that has managed to preserve its exacting craft for more than 150 years. In spite of several changes in ownership, the factory has been producing under the independent label TON since 1953.
Work at TON beats to the same rhythm as it did 160 years ago. The rhythm of skilled wood benders placing hundreds of pieces of wood into bending forms each day. Their strength, speed and affinity with wood continue to fascinate no matter how many times one observes their craft.
Manual work also dominates the rest of the production process, complemented by the innovative work of TON’s designers, technological advancements and their responsible management of natural resources.
This is TON – quality that will last for generations.
About the designer
Josef Hoffmann was an Austrian designer and architect, and co-founder of the Wiener Werkstätte, the Vienna Secession and the Österreichischer Werkbund. He was a key figure in Viennese Modernism.
Josef Hoffmann’s formal language is primarily characterized by strict geometrical lines, a search for simplicity, and the typical reduction to black and white. He overcame the duality of tradition and modernity and created works that are valid to this day. This timeless quality remains an inspiration and defining influence for the Wittmann Workshops. Josef Hoffmann died in Vienna in 1956.