Designed by Roberto Barbieri, 2005
Frame in aluminum alloy (2292) or in polished aluminum alloy, or painted black, graphite or white (2291). Seat and back with polyurethane upholstery. Removable cover in leather. Footrest in satin-finished stainless steel. Upon request a 100% white cotton loose stool cover to be put on without fixing, covering seat and backrest, can be supplied.
The components are characterized by a simple design of reduced thickness that offers specific details and a wide array of materials and finishes. The table tops range from the reflections of glass to compact marbles onto the different grains and colours of wood: available in quick ship program the rectangular version 250 cm, with glossy frisé eucalypt top and black chrome die-cast aluminium base.
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 successful design strategy that achieves a balance of functional and aesthetic features, and entrusts the details to the right role: the Ray seating system is designed for a long life. Modular, available in two depths, with an extensive compositional range that includes linear and corner elements, a chaise lounge and ottoman. It stands out due to the tailoring detail of the blanket stitch that runs along the profiles of the cover, both in tonal and in contrasting hues.