Thomas Feichtner’s ‘Tram’ chair for TON is strongly inspired by the Czech company’s time-honored production processes (TON is one of the world’s oldest furniture producers at 150 years): first by the company’s own plant for the production of seat shells from molded wood, and second by its longstanding factory for the production of classic bentwood.
“The intention was to unite the methods used to produce bentwood and molded wood for the first time in a single product, thus building a bridge between traditional and contemporary furniture design.” says Feichtner. “Even just the way in which the bentwood braces are connected indicates the finished product’s origin.”
The Tram Chair features a few constructional innovations as well; the support for the seat shell does double-duty as a connection between the legs. “The chair thus needs no further bracing, in contrast to classic bentwood models.” And though the chair’s design is quite deliberate, its name came about by accident. Employees of TON were quick to jokingly dub the model the ‘tram chair’ due to its similarity to the plastic seats on the trams of Prague. Feichtner decided to keep the charming working title as the product’s name.
The Tram Chair, offered with and without armrests, with cloth or leather upholstery, and in various colors and types of wood will be presented at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair.