822 Armchair by TON
Designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune
Taking inspiration from Josef Hoffmann’s 1930 design of the modernist model A811, the Swedish creators have extended the design in the direction of contemporary Scandinavian minimalism. They have created a distinct version whose proportions work better with the natural forms created by manual wood-bending technology gaining unique character from the graphic dot perforations in the plywood seat and backrest.
These design principles have been applied to a chair, an armchair, a lounge armchair, a bar stool and a low stool.
Frame : European Beech timber bentwood
Finishes : Beech
Colours : Natural beech or stained.
Warranty : 10 years
Dimensions : 500mmW x 524mmD x 802mmH, Seat Height 460mm Armrest height – 647mmHSHOW MORE SHOW LESS
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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
Claesson Koivisto Rune
The Swedish architects and designers Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune opened their studio in Stockholm, in 1995. Commissions for the multi-award winning practice include the Inde/Jacobs gallery in Texas, K5 Hotel in Tokyo, Zander K Hotel in Bergen, Sfera Building in Kyoto, Örsta Gallery in Kumla and a number of private houses in Sweden and abroad. Their architectural work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
As designers they work with Arflex, Artifort, Boffi, Capdell, Cappellini, Fontana Arte, Kasthall, Living Divani, Offecct, Paola Lenti, Studio TK, Swedese, Tacchini and Time & Style amongst others. Their designs have won awards including Designer of the Year 2011 and 2014 by Elle Décor Italia, Red Dot “Best of the Best” 2014 and The Bruno Mathsson Prize 2015.