Italian architect, Tiziana Redavid, got inspiration for her range of stainless steel jewelry when she visited a friend who manufactured industrial springs.
Taking samples, she viewed them with her fresh imagination, and was struck by the similarity with African ornamentation.
She uses African design for her inspiration. Molla is Italian for spring and she has taken this as her trade mark.
Tonon is one of the best known international brands in the world of chairs and tables, reliable and synonymous for design and quality “made in Italy”. Characterizing features that come from the past: their origins date back to the Twenties, many years of careful and creative craftsmanship. After that came the industrialization of the Fifties with a remarkable production increase. The pleasure of”thinking and making” however never failed. Tonon today bases itself on research and experience, on cultural and marketing factors, on new materials and new technologies. All with a craftsman heart and an industrial mind, a combination ensuring a better life while seated, whether relaxing, working, or at the table.
The moulds had been scrapped: all that remained were the drawings or, at the most, some reject pieces.
But since these were products like Joe Colombo’s Multichair or Rodolfo Bonetto’s 4/4, we couldn’t accept their loss. And so, B-LINE’s beginnings were dictated more by a gut feeling than a rational calculation: we wanted to restore splendour to objects that, because they were ingeniously simple and aesthetically interesting, were intrinsically precious.
This was all happening in 1999.
From then on, our ambitions regarding good designing came to fruition in the form of international collaborations and, besides the several items we consider heritage (see the item Boby), we manufacture furnishing products for the home, office and contract. The materials we use are plastic, steel, fabric and wood and we are extremely flexible where the technologies to be deployed are concerned.
In this quest of ours for the perfect combination between versatility, originality and functionality, we involved both the creative genius of Karim Rashid as well as the Zen essentiality of Kazuhide Takahama or perhaps the inspiration of a newcomer at his debut: what absolutely counts for us is the quality of the design. Having singled that out, B-LINE’s team and the designers work hand in hand through to the selection of materials, covering all technical aspects, to turn out products entirely made in Italy.