Clean and simple and with a gently curving bentwood structure, the chairs are both stylish and comfortable; perfect in a lounge setting or in a reception area. The Tatra Furniture company (Nábytok translates as furniture) has a long and established tradition of producing Furniture in Martin, Slovakia that dates back to 1889 when it formed part of the Kingdom of Hungary at that time. Originally producing stools and a small collection of bentwood beech chairs the companys elegant but also functional designs soon became sought after and they expanded sales to Africa, Australia and the USA.Originally established by the entrepreneurs Ladislav Dobrovits, Banskobystrian and Svagor Svetozar Hurban Vajanský the company was said to have inspired Michael Thonet and benefited from the knowledge gained from the THON factorys expertise in bentwood fabrication. Despite the success of the business the two World Wars took their toll, as it did with many furniture producers in that geographical area at the time. The company was therefore subsequently saved from bankruptcy on more than one occasion by Tatra Bank who eventually took a majority shareholding in the company and thus was renamed Tatra Nábytok Pravenec, n. This coincided with the companys manufacturing base being moved to Pravenec in the Trenín Region of western Slovakia in the early 1940s. Here the company re-based its production method and once again flourished. At its height Tatra furniture managed ten factories throughout the Central Slovakia region and employed over 750 local artisans producing 2,000 pieces a day across a range that included furniture, hangers, tables, stools and even umbrellas. Tatra had many designers working for the company throughout its history and won numerous design awards as well as having many high profile customers including the successor of the Austrian throne Ferdinand d'Este.
However, each design was rarely credited with a designers name. This was highlighted by the Anonymní ohýbaný nábytek (the Anonymous Bent Wood Furniture) exhibition which was held at Zámek of Bystice pod Hostýnem in October 2014 that was devoted to the celebration of bent wood furniture produced in the Czech market in the post-war decade. Often cited as a the designer of this particular chair, Frantisek Jirák, was almost certainly instrumental in the design and production of chairs at Tatra, but is full involvement in Model: Kreslo (Armchair) 24-23 is sadly unknown.Born in 1913 in Czech Republic, he studied in " Mistrovská skola stolarská " (School of masters joiners) as well as in the " Specialna skola meadow vnutornu architekturu " (special School of interior design) of Prague. He later worked on " Spojene UP zavody " (United Artistic and Industrial Companies) of Brno under Jindrich Halabala, and subsequently moved to Slovakia in 1948. It is here that his relationship with Tatra was developed. Soon after his arrival, he obtained the post of The Head of Development of the Regional office of wood manufacturing companies where his experience in the development of new types of furniture for the wood industry was highly valued. In the late 60's, he collaborated with a state-owned company named "Novy domov" (New house) in Spisska Nova Ves where he worked as a designer until his retirement. Other notable designers that worked for Tatra and for other furniture manufacturers in the region throughout the 20th Century are: Antonin Suman, Ladislav Gatial, Miroslav kriniar, Ondrej verha and tefan Bílik. H 77 cm x W 70 cm x D 80 cm. VIEWING AND CONDITION Please note that all of our items are vintage or, in the case of more modern furniture, previously used. As such even if described as in excellent condition they will show some signs of wear. We will always do our best to show any signs of wear in the photographs that accompany our listings but this can be difficult with certain materials such as chrome and glass which are reflective. On this basis if you would like to view the item before purchasing you are welcome to do so. On this basis please send us a message with your post/zip code for a quote and we'll get back to you asap. The item "Retro Vintage Pair of Mid Century Bentwood Armchairs by Tatra Nábytok 1950s" is in sale since Tuesday, July 7, 2020. This item is in the category "Home, Furniture & DIY\Furniture\Chairs". The seller is "cherisheddesignsuk" and is located in Newbury. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.