The Split Lounge Armchair was awarded the Red Dot Title
Once again, TON has won one of the world's most important design awards. Following on from the Merano armchair, awarded the Red Dot Title in 2011; from today onwards the title also belongs to unique Split collection´s lounge chair designed by Arik Levy, which was unveiled by the TON company at last year's Salone del Mobile in Milan. The Jury of the Product Design Category, which registered a record 5,214 products this year, were impressed by the Split Collection and its lounge armchair.
"From the very beginning, my idea was to take the past and turning it into the future," said Arik Levy when describing his motive for creating this collection - which is fully inspired by the traditional manual wood-bending production methods used in Bystřice pod Hostýnem ever since 1861. "Split was born from the concept of bending; but not in a way that makes things ordinary, but rather gives it a new shape. The wood is divided into two parts, each bent in a different direction," Levy added. Thus, the collection is the first in the world to use hand-bent cleft solid wood as a design, as well as fully functional, element. "Apart from the lounge chair, the set includes chairs, barstools offered in two height variants and an arm-chair," explained Jan Juza, TON´s Marketing Director.
The subtle lounge armchair has a higher backrest and comfortable, ergonomic seats. Apart from the detail of the split wood itself, is also interesting because of the detail in the seam on top surface of the backrest and armrests, which is decorated with a special trim. Beech or ash is used as a material for the production of its construction. The upholstery can be chosen from a wide spectrum of colours and materials. "The development of this collection was really demanding. We are proud that our technologists and bent-wood craftsmen mastered this challenge," said Juza.