Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby first project for B&B Italia was Tobi-Ishi, a round dining table clearly inspired by Zen. The design duo are great enthusiasts of Japanese art and culture and the name and concept for this table came from the smooth stones (tobi-ishi) used as ornaments in traditional Japanese Zen gardens. The overhang of the table and the vertical trapezoidal bases set at right angles generate an essential sculptural figure that appears to change shape depending on the point of observation.
A sheet of leather “pinched” in two places at the base: here is where the movement and natural inclination of the headboard originate. It has a comfortable and protective shape with remarkable formal simplicity and very thin sides marked by a lengthwise seam. The bed surface, which can be adjusted to two heights, has an effect of suspension and floating of the super-comfortable mattress.