One of the first chairs to ever be mass produced, since 1859, when chair No. 14 was first introduced, more than 80 million units have been sold all over the world. Its iconic shapes are created by six manually bent beech rods, two bolts and ten screws. Thanks to its low weight, attractive price and legendary strength, this chair quickly found its place in the cafes of Vienna, earning the nickname the “café chair”.
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The TON company dates back to the mid-1800s when Michael Thonet patented a steam bending process for beechwood and the café bentwood chair was born. This was the first piece of furniture to be mass manufactured and exported around the world. In India the Irani cafés were famous for having adopted them not long after they were introduced. Many cafés still have the original pieces in use. Ton has survived 150+ years; through private and public ownership; through imperialism, fascism, communism, and capitalism, and still produce the chairs in the same factory they were originally produced in in the Czech Republic.
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