Obon Tables by Simone Bonanni

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Obon

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Tables

INSPIRATION:
The tables are inspired by an ancient, earthy, irregular material: terra-cotta. With its origins lost in the mists of time, terracotta is at the base of millenary archaeological finds all over the world. These precious discoveries are evidence of our timeless creativity and desire to leave a sign, admire and ritualize

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Obon is a collection of three tables designed for Moooi. The collection is inspired by an ancient, earthy, irregular material: terra-cotta. The Obon Table is handmade and therefore each piece is unique. It is made of ceramic with a glazed top.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Obon tables are small versatile coffee tables which can live in many different environments and interior design projects due to their very simple and soft silhouettes. The thick base is filled during the production process with raw material to give it a higher stability and the top surface has a glazed finish to make it easy to clean and to preserve its genuine beauty forever.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Obon tables were exhibited in Salone del Mobile in April 2018. The project started 6 months prior to that in a little town in the region of Veneto, called Nove which is very famous for its ceramic.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The tables’ design is the result of a patient process of combining shapes and volumes. Their graphical purity blends into the structure of ceramics creating a unique mix of new and antique. The choice of terracotta came naturally with the drawings and outlines of the tables. From the beginning, the idea was to introduce a series of objects which appeared to be handmade and that could create a natural and gently imperfect tone. I wanted to make the object look beautiful for its spontaneity and genuineness, not for its complexity.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Material: Ceramics, glazed top thickness table top: 6 cm shape: Rectangular, square (high and low) Rectangular dimensions: width:92 cm - height:28 cm - depth:44 cm Square Low dimensions: width:61 cm - height:28 cm - depth:61 cm Square High dimensions: width:47 cm - height:37 cm - depth:46 cm

TAGS:
table, ceramic, handmade, terracotta, craftmanship, simonebonanni, moooi

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
We went through many samples of the material and tested more than twenty finishes both glazed, for the top, and natural for the edge and the base. Together with Luigi Bertapelle, an expert ceramicist in Veneto (Italy), we experimented with a new process of antiquing the surface of the terracotta. We worked on its tactile aspect with the inclusion of various thicknesses of chamotte, aiming to generate a perfect mix between the present and the past. It was fundamental to enclose such a graphically "educated" product in a special surface!

CHALLENGE:
The search for the right finish and the technical development of such large volumes in a material that is difficult to control represented a real challenge in terms of serial production and probably contained a good dose of innovation even for an experienced professional like Luigi. The problem was not only producing a perfect Obon Table, it was more about replicating them with the same quality, refining the technique day after day.

ADDED DATE:
2020-12-29 14:33:57

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Brand Moooi, Obon, 2018

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.moooi.com/nl/product/obon-table
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Moooi

PROFILE:
For almost twenty years Moooi has inspired and seduced the world with sparkling and innovative designs. The venture founded in 2001, is currently led by Marcel Wanders and Robin Bevers. Moooi is named after the Dutch word for beautiful – the third ‘o’ in the brand name stands for an extra value in terms of beauty & uniqueness. Moooi doesn’t tell designers what to do, but listens to what designers want to make, try to realize their dreams. Eclectic and always on the edge of commercial reality and cultural interest. To trigger, to create conversation pieces which make your environment more special, a life extraordinary.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Obon Tables by Simone Bonanni is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Obon Tables by Simone Bonanni is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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