Split Armchair by TON
Designed by Arik Levy
The Split chair links TON’s more than 150-year-old technology with contemporary design.
This is lightly-built, with a massive base. Due to the higher backrest, comfortable upholstery and the seat, ergonomics, you will love spending time there … at home or in a hotel lobby.
Its stability and strength are guaranteed by the manual wood bending technology.
Winner of the German Design Award Special 2016
Frame : Natural Ash or Beech
Finishes : Upholstered seat and back options
Colours : Natural Ash, Beech or various stains.
Upholstery: Various house ranges available
Warranty : 10 years
Dimensions: 620mmW x 630mmD x 780mmH, 480mm SH
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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
Artist, designer, photographer and film-maker, was born in Tel-Aviv in 1963. Nowadays, he works in his own studio in Paris. He moved to Europe in 1988 and graduated three years later with honours in the field of Industrial Design at Art Centre Europe, in Switzerland. After his work stay in Japan, where he focused on products and objects for exhibitions, Levy came back to Europe and focused on contemporary dance and opera stage design. After establishing his own firm, he returned to the design and arts fields. He is mainly respected for his furniture and lighting designs.
His works are displayed not only in prestigious museums and galleries, but also in the product portfolios of companies all around the world.