Tobi-Ishi Table by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for B&B Italia

B&B Italia

by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

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As the designers of the 2012 Olympic torch, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby have already had their creations collected in an important monograph. Their debut for B&B Italia, a round table that was based on a commission by the company to complete the tables range. The fascinating result required a complex study of proportion and equilibrium. Its inspiration from the East is clear even in the name, which refers to the ornamental stones used in traditional Japanese gardens. The British duo were influenced by the compositional balance of these striking and elegant green spaces. The form of the table, which is distinguished by the cantilever top and bases that look different depending on the perspective, alludes to those smooth stones. With unexpected materials, it blends technology and handicraft. After considerable experimentation aimed at creating a granite look, today the table bases have cores in Baydur ® (structural polyurethane foam) and a wooden top. All the parts have been treated with cement grout to create a sort of superficial skin that recalls a history of high-tech craftsmen.

The B&B Italia Tobi-Ishi table, first released in 2012 and widely acclaimed by critics now has a new identity with the recent launch of a larger rectangular version at IMM Cologne.

Maintaining the original influence of ornamental stones used in traditional Japanese gardens, the Tobi-ishi is now also available in a range of finishes expanding to 16 satin lacquered finishes for both the original round and the new rectangular version. Joining the two glossy lacquered finishes are candy red and smoke blue, as well as the classic cement finish.

Tobi-ishi has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious XXIII Compasso d’Oro design award program, judged by an international jury.

Product Type Table
Brand B&B Italia
Designer Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby
Year of Design 2012
Country of Origin Italy
: Table Diam 162 x 72.5h cm
: Top: MDF Wood Fibre Panel
: Legs: High Density Polyurethane Resin (Baydur®)
: Finish: Cement Grout or Glossy Painted or Satin Painted
: Counterweight: Cast Iron
: Adjustable Ferrules: Plastic Material

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