A cabinet maker, inventor and furniture designer Michael Thonet (1796 - 1871), originally from Boppard in the Rhine Region, settled in Moravia, where he founded manufacturing facilities to produce bent wood furniture in Koryčany (1856) and in Bystřice pod Hostýnem (1861). The factory in Bystřice pod Hostýnem was the largest factory of its kind, Gebrüder Thonet, and became the centre for development and export of products all over the world.
The original THONET company was succeeded by a joint-stock company THONET–MUNDUS after World War I and since 1946, as a result of a merger of several major furniture manufactures, by THONET; in 1953 it was renamed TON (abbreviation of “bentwood furniture factory”) with the place of business in Bystřice pod Hostýnem. The manufacturer has been in continuous operation over a century without any break in production. Today TON is one of the major European manufacturing centres of quality bent wood furniture.
Chair No. 14 (icon of the Thonet production’s design) has been produced in premises built by the Michael Thonet´s company in 1861 to date. This type of furniture together with a number of different designs was exported by TON company to 53 countries of the world last year; European Union, The United States of America, Japan and Australia in particular.