Through bespoke Italian craftsmanship and materials, Tobi-Ishi portrays a new architectural language that bridges the gap between form and function.
A monumental piece that transcends time, The Tobi-Ishi table has evolved into a true icon of global design over the decade. This remarkable piece of art comprises components inspired by the “flying stones” that mark the pools found in Japanese gardens, which give it an impeccably sculptural air in all of its forms.
“The Tobi-Ishi table is a monument. It has become an important piece for the studio over the last ten years, not least because it marked our first collaboration with B&B Italia,” says designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. “The table’s sculptural nature enables us to interpret the elements in different materials, and this has been part of the narrative from the beginning. The new, celebratory Tobi-Ishi table in marble utilises a material and technique that amplifies our deep personal love of both the country’s and B&B Italia’s design heritage.”
As highlighted by the designers, the new edition of Tobi-Ishi, which is created with strips of white Carrara and green Alpi marble using a highly meticulous hand-crafting technique, evokes a distinctive balance of solidity and lightness. Moreover, with the use of Italian craftsmanship and materials, Tobi-Ishi portrays a new architectural language that bridges the gap between form and function, upscale and refined. This edition, in particular, features a surprising variation of the rectangular table measuring 310cm long and 114cm wide, resulting in a magnificently designed product that can comfortably seat ten diners.