what motivates us
We dream of beauty before creating each product. For us wood bending is all about strength. A product that is both strong and beautiful is timeless. It passes from generation to generation as our craft. Our ethos is to conduct ourselves in an honest and friendly manner for the benefit of people and nature.
Milan Dostalík, CEO
Each product is the work of at least 20 pairs of hands. They are the hands of a team of craftsmen and craftswomen who for six generations have been endowing steamed wood with new shapes and forms. Once bentwood dries, our skilled hands set to work on sanding, staining, assembling, oiling, upholstering and packing.
In short, the story of your chair begins months before you are seated.
The inventor and entrepreneur Michael Thonet was lured to Bystřice pod Hostýnem by the town’s surrounding beech forests, hardworking local folk, and logistically advantageous position. Together with his sons he built his factory here in 1861, the oldest surviving factory of its kind in the world. Throughout its history the factory has been through several ownership structures and name changes. The current name TON originates from 1953 and is an acronym for the Czech Továrny na ohýbaný nábytek, ‘bentwood furniture factories’ in English. What has not changed in the 160 years of its existence is the unique atmosphere of the place, formed by its people and their singular approach to their craft
Our long history affirms the importance of honouring lasting visions. We want future generations to live in an environment that is at least as rich and diverse as the environment we know today. That is why we use wood from certified and – as much as possible – local sources, which contributes to sustainable forest management and decreases our carbon footprint.
We believe in natural materials. Their variety and perfection will never cease to fascinate; our desire to understand them will never be fully satisfied. For generations we have been perfecting our work with wood, cane and leather. Explore with us how these natural materials contribute to the truly unique character of each of our products.
At TON we consider quality to be a key aspect of sustainability, because a product that provides comfort over a number of decades ultimately saves on materials and resources. We focus on quality control throughout the entire production process, and we perform a number of tests to ensure that our products meet durability standards set by the European Union.