pa.he.ko | design simone viola
Paheko means “combination” in the Maori language. Essential yet non-simplified volumes, cross-references to well-known shapes, seen and recorded in our memories as archetypes of vases, columns and capitals. These objects stand out almost undefined as for their usage, therefore completely free to suggest different purposes reinterpreted from time to time. Put a book on it nearby a bed and it will become a nightstand; a cocktail by a pool will make it an outdoor table; inside the house or in a bathroom it could turn into a stool, while in a restaurant or café it could serve as a bag holder. The shape changes, capsizes, blends with the environment. Its volumes offer the coordinated harmony of an object that is somehow out of trends, mixing the neoclassical 1980’s style with the minimalistic design of the XXI century. Up and down are ready to be overturned reinventing the design, while the joint ring in five colours allows for up to thirty different combinations. Made of white or black polypropylene, lightweight yet extremely sturdy, it can be used both indoor and outdoor in several ways. Actually, in just about every way that fantasy or need will suggest.
- Components: 85% Polypropylene / 15% Fiberglass Shell
- UV resistant shell and frame.
- Warranty: Three year warranty against manufacturer defects
- Indoor / outdoor.
- Suitable for: Residential or commercial setting.
- 12" d | 12" w | 17.3" h | weight: 8 lbs.
Availability: All color options listed in data sheet are available in stock.
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.
TOOU is not just a producer. We strive to create objects through projects and a production that put people at the heart of things, all people. Our design is democratic, accessible and customizable.
Our dynamic design combines contemporary taste with the tradition of the great design schools of the twentieth century. We materialise projects where technology is deployed in the service of the end user, through optimized processes that produce comfortable, safe, and beautiful objects that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are practical.
Our primary aim is that each object is desirable, affordable and customizable, with a range of materials, shapes, and colors that can transform a mass-produced product into a highly personal one.
Our métier is creating objects that are durable in their design and aesthetics, and that are never superfluous accessories designed for facile consumption that is dominated by ephemeral trends.
Our items are everyday items that will become a familiar and comforting part of your day-to-day life, with features and profiles that will be the companion to your domestic environment.
TOOU, dedicated to you.