Tram and Merano received the German Design Award – Nominee 2014

Two design products by TON have been awarded in the prestigious international German Design Award 2014 competition. Tramchair and Merano armchair were nominated for this award by the jury of experts and received the title German Design Award Nominee 2014.

A jury of 30 experts from business, education and science fields oversaw the contest. “The jury found all items registered in the competition to be on a very high level. The nomination for the German Design Award means a recognition of a quality design,” said Lutz Dietzold, Managing Director of the German Design Council. “We greatly appreciate it. Each award like this one confirms that we have chosen the right path,” added Jan Juza, Marketing Director of TON.

Merano by Alexander Gufler has already received the Red Dot Design and Good Design awards. Two bent pieces of plywood crossed axis-wise, serving as a seat and backrest are the dominant elements of the armchair. Despite these bends, the legs of the chair deny traditional bends seen in TON products and remain completely straight. The material used guarantees stability and solidness while maintaining a very low weight.

Tram by Thomas Feichtner, as a brand new chair of 2013, received the very first award. This model is exceptional as it blends technologies used for more than 150 years with contemporary design, and also because of its structural design. The chair joins technologically formed seat and traditional bentwood.  The construction of the chair is simplified by the backrest of the seat that at the same time functions as the connection of the legs, which means that no other supports are needed. The chair is also supplied with arm rests that further highlight the unique technology of manual bending.


The German Design Award 2014 is an international competition organised by the German Design Council. Its objective is identifying, presenting and rewarding products and projects which represent unique design trends with high quality. The awards will be announced during Ambiente, the International Frankfurt Fair in February 2014.