A name that is almost an onomatopoeic sound, a shape designed for the interior and the exterior alike, in two different heights that make it a versatile and flexible object. The two heights are suitable for different uses, as a table or even as a valet stand, to be placed freely around the house, in the garden, in public places or restaurants. The slight grooves and the proportions of the top almost resemble a tray in size and maneuverability. Although the name refers to the considerable thickness of the top, the object sports at the same time an unexpectedly light weight and ease of handling, thanks to a clever use of materials. The gently sketched-out base is a testament to TOOU’s renewed commitment to pay greater attention to the environment, since it is made of ecoplastic, a compound of recycled organic waste materials with an extremely low environmental impact. The sober, refined colours of both the top and the thin closing base, in black and dark brown, match perfectly with the vibrant textures of the ecoplastic body, available in two natural shades: Eco white and Eco light brown. We consider Thick Top as a first, important step towards an increasingly ecoconscious design with the lightest possible impact on our Earth.
THICK TOP Collection, design by Simone Viola
Simone Viola was born in Mendrisio, Switzerland in 1985.
After a rigorous training in industrial design in Milan and through his collaboration during various architectural and design studies, he began to gain experience in Switzerland and abroad. In 2011, he founded the Simone Viola Design Studio, focusing on industrial projects for furniture and accessories. His philosophy leans toward research on the materials and technical aspects related to the development of the project, conceptually guided by historical and artistic references. This approach produces the most natural connection to contemporary design, where the object is not the expression of a trend, but a long-lasting fusion of form and the intended use. Soft, natural elegant shapes and an elevated attention to details characterizes his work and a continuous optimization of the development phase allows the realization of high quality and generously accommodating products.