Inspired by the iconic rocking chair by the bentwood-process inventor Michael Thonet, the young Slovak designer Michal Riabic has created this ‘Wave’ rocking armchair for the Czech manufacturer TON. The simple, curvilinear ‘Wave’ encompasses a leather upholstery and the design has won ‘the best redesign of a standard rocking chair’ competition held by TON on the occasion of the manufacturer’s 150-years anniversary of the traditional bentwood furniture production.
To coincide with the anniversary, TON has also organised ‘The heritage of Michael Thonet’ exhibition which is on show until 24 July 2011 in the castle of Bystřice pod Hostýnem.
About the exhibition:
‘The exhibition entitled “The heritage of Michael Thonet ” was prepared by a thonetologist Jiří Uhlíř. It will bring an overview of furniture production connected with the family of the German manufacturer Michael Thonet. It will be presenting furniture produced in the workshop of Michael Thonet himself as early as in Boppard in Rhineland; it will be following the beginnings of his company in Vienna till industrial production in Moravia – in Koryčany, Bystřice pod Hostýnem and Vsetín.’
‘A visitor will be able to see products designed for the Austrian furniture-maker Carl Leistler who was working on adaptation of the princely seat Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna, furniture for palaces in Vienna that belonged to the Palffy and Schwarzenberg families and last but not least products made for the World’s Fair in 1851 in London. The exhibition will be opened for visitors daily from 9 a.m. till 12 a.m. and from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. from 5 June till 24 July 2011 in the castle of Bystřice pod Hostýnem.’