TRAM chair

Thomas Feichtner for TON

by eleonora usseglio prinsi
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MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2013 _The Tram Chair arose from the TON’s most recent collaboration with the established Vienna-based product designer Prof. Thomas Feichtner.

Feichtner’s concept is strongly inspired by the company’s time-honored production processes: 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. Even just the way in which the bentwood braces are connected indicates the finished product’s origin. On the other hand, the Tram Chair also features a few constructional innovations.

The support for the seat shell, for instance, does double-duty as a connection between the legs. The chair thus needs no further bracing, in contrast to classic bentwood models. Though this chair’s design is quite deliberate, its name came about as more of an accident.

Employees of TON were quick to jokingly dub this model the “tram chair” due to its similarity to the plastic seats on the trams in Prague. Feichtner then decided to keep this charming working title as the product’s name.

The Tram Chair will see its first public presentation at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair.

Tram chair follows the spirit of TON' past collections, as 002 which won the award "Bentwoood no limits".

Check the VIDEO of Tram chair process production!

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