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16 May 2015

Video: Arik Levy on the making of his Split Chair

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"All the products of this family were born from one idea, the idea of bending. But not the way that is usually used; to give it a new shape instead," said Levy. "In this case, it was by dividing the wood into two parts and bending each of them in a different direction."

Arik Levy brings together contemporary design with 150-year-old wood bending techniques to create his Split Chair for Ton. "The wood is divided into two parts and each part is bent in a different direction. It is a new experience for me, the Ton Company and the product itself," says Levy.

The rounded sections of beech or ash are steamed for several hours before placed in metal forms and attached to a flage, which uses pressure to shape the wood. The Split chair is finally sprayed with a gradient of colour from a palette Levy devised for the range. The Split collection, which also includes stools and armchairs, will be launched at the Salone del Mobile in Milan next month.

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