ta chair upholstered | er base | © by simone viola, 2015
Certain objects retain their shape, almost unchanged, in time, and design can but interpret and refine their archetype. It happens with everyday objects, used so often that their shape becomes obvious: a fork, a plate, a chair. The shape reflects its use and its aesthetics can never be compromised. This has always been the guideline for our design: a flowing design triggered directly by natural ergonomics. Ta, monosyllabic sound, as simple as the first word of a child, in Chinese, means both him or her, exactly the same, human identity regardless of gender, universal. And the chair is, in fact, a human object, molded around its use. It traces the profile of the body, eating or working at the table. It allows a resting position, halfway between a state of wakefulness and sleep, moments spent waiting or enjoying the company. With Ta, we want to offer an elegantly simple answer to the demand for ergonomics and aesthetics. Its design is inspired by the style of the '50s but with a touch of absolute contemporaneity, that of honest and democratic design, made possible by an advanced but relatively simple construction technique. Available in a wide variety of solutions, its strength lies in this flexibility. Three solid, flowing and sinuous shells for completion with five curved metal tubular bases with wooden elements, characterized by essential design. The range of colors proposed reflects a contemporary taste, with the possibility to add seat pads to the shells, making it possible to create numerous customized combinations.
- Components: 85% Polypropylene / 15% Fiberglass Shell
- Wood bases available in black or natural ash wood stain options as standard. Custom colors can be ordered for larger quantity orders.
- The standard fabric choice is Gabriel Medley. COM/COL orders are welcome.
- Suitable for: Dining / Cafe / Restaurant / Meeting rooms / Conference rooms.
Inches 18w | 22d | 32h | 18.5sh
- Side Chair: 1 yard fabric or artificial leather for the side. 18 sq ft. leather.
- Armchair: 1.5 yards fabric or artificial leather for the side. 27 sq ft. leather.
Simone Viola was born in Mendrisio, Switzerland in 1985.
After 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 elevated attention to detail characterizes his work, and continuous optimization of the development phase allows the realization of high quality and generously accommodating products.
TOOU is the realization of a utopia: ergonomic, accessible and versatile designs applied to everyday objects. Conceived for both interior and exterior furnishing, for singles and communities alike, with a cross-fit aesthetic that adjusts to every living style, Toou objects are designed and built for each one of us. A meeting point between the European and Asian cultures, in 2015 TOOU started creating design objects taking account of people above all. TOOU was born out of the blend between European taste for design, in its Italian, Swiss and Northern European interpretations. Italy is the creative heart of TOOU, where designs take shape and where the upholsteries are tailored following accurate research on materials and color combinations. Our molds are then developed and mass-produced making the best use of consolidated experience in the manufacturing of plastic products for renowned furniture industry partners. The production of TOOU molds is entrusted to a company with over 30 years of experience in the sector. The quality of molds and finishes is the same applied to the production of components for the automotive industry, which requires very high-quality standards. Our primary goal is to make each object as desirable, affordable and customizable as possible, making use of a wide range of materials, shapes, and colors, in order to turn a mass-produced product into a highly personal one. Our products are the material realization of strong, detailed ideas. Toou aims to create long-lasting in objects, both in construction and in aesthetics silhouettes and volumes that will become the trustworthy companions of your own domestic landscape.