Merano is turning 10
Merano, the armchair that set the bar for new design, was introduced by TON a decade ago. Made by crossing two pieces of bent plywood and setting them into a solid wood base, Merano brought TON its first global award for design and became the contemporary icon of the company’s portfolio. To mark its 10-year anniversary, TON created a limited edition of 30 petite versions of the original. Petit Merano was available through an auction from which the entire profit of 12 266 EUR was donated to charity Člověk v tísni (the children’s initiative of People in Need).
design / ALEXANDER GUFLER A/IT
The petite version imitates the full sized armchair in form and construction. The idea to make a petite version came to the designer some years ago, when he was thinking about a suitable gift for his friends’ son. Petit Merano is not just for children. It’s an object that can feature on its own in an interior, bringing joy to any design aficionado.
All 30 limited-edition pieces are made from oak and finished with natural oils. The underside of the seat features an engraved special-edition logo with the designer’s signature, guaranteeing the product’s origin. The petite armchair is 57,3 cm tall, 42,4 cm wide and 42,7 cm deep, with a seat height of 32,9 cm.
Born in 1979 in Merano, Italy, Alexander Gufler followed in his father’s footsteps when he first trained as a jeweller in Pforzheim. His passion for furniture and everyday objects eventually led him to industrial design, which he studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In 2010, a year after completing his studies, Alexander founded his own Vienna-based studio and began to collaborate with domestic and international clients.
In creating design objects, Alexander Gufler focuses on detail and simplicity, drawing on his deep knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes. His work has been exhibited at countless international fairs and recognised in many design competitions.