Jan Smidek Armchair

Design: Jan Smidek
Producer: TON
Country: Czech Republic
Period of time: 1960s
Dimensions: 80h x 63w x 74d
Seat height: 38cm
Condition: Renovated and reupholstered.
Material: Beech wood with multi-colored fabric
Amsterdam Free
Randstad €60
Rest of NL €95
Belgium €115

Jaroslav Smidek (1923-2005 Czechoslovakia) is a well-known 20th century Czech furniture designer. He was a contemporary of other great Czech designers such as Jan Vanek and Jindrich Halabala and grew up as the son of a furniture dealer and learned the trade from his father.

TON is the Czech heir to the estate of Michael Thonet (Austria) and known for his bentwood constructions, who founded a furniture factory in Bystřice pod Hostýnem in 1861 because of the abundant beech forests in Czechoslovakia, which was then part of the Habsburg Empire. In 1953, the factory was nationalized by the communist Czechoslovak government and the company was renamed TON, an acronym for “Továrna ohýbaného nábytku” (in Czech, “Factory for Bentwood Furniture”).

The furniture from furniture manufacturer TON is characterized by clean lines, curved wood and small decorations with an emphasis on functionalist principles. The brand still produces classic and contemporary furniture designs to this day.

Please note : if you want to see this item first, you can do so in the Atelier Amstelveen at Doctor Schaepmanlaan 5 in Amstelveen. The Atelier is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

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