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Tato Stool

c. 1995

by Denis Santachiara
for Baleri Italia

Tato Stool

by Denis Santachiara
for  Baleri Italia

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Noted here is the orig­i­nal Tato stool with an ovoid form that features a compo­si­tion in CFC-free flex­i­ble polyurethane foam with an inter­nal anatom­i­cally rigid struc­ture – its discreet under­side base is plastic. The Tato stool features a remov­able cover in the inno­v­a­tive Malaga bi-elastic textile composed of 80% polyamide and 20% elas­tane – a spandex fiber that is typi­cally used in the apparel industry.

Perhaps one of the most beloved and popular designs from the mid-1990s, Denis Santachiara’s playful ovoid Tato stool func­tions as both impromptu seating and an engag­ing floor sculp­ture. Through­out the late 1990s and early 2000s, Enrico Baleri added five new shapes to the Tato stool family – Tatino (1997), a spher­i­cal version; Tatone (1997), a plump pancake version; Lunella (1998), a low-profile hemi­spher­i­cal form; as well as Tato Bean (2001) and Tato Bonbon (2001) – each featur­ing an elon­gated, gently curved form. Recently, design­ers Maur­izio Galante and Tal Lancman expanded the aesthetic range of the Tato family with their dramatic and inno­v­a­tive Tattoo printed textile covers for the Tato, and Tatino forms.

The Tato stool is avail­able in over 20 Malaga color options. The Nero black version is typi­cally stocked as a Quick Ship option; all other colors have a lead time of 812 weeks. Please contact CONTEXT at 800.886.0867 to review/​confirm current inven­tory as well as other color options.

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Denis Santachiara

Italy (1950)

Denis Santachiara is an Italian designer based in Milan, his work encompasses designing furniture, product design, lighting design, architecture, and interior design. His work is often described as a marrying of art and design, where he is often inspired by innovative technologies and actively looks to incorporate this innovation into his designs. Santachiara was born in Campagnola, Reggio Emilia, Italy and now resides in Milan where his Studio Santachiara is based. His notable works include the Aurea Lamp he created for Fontana Arte in 2005, as well as his design for the interiors of the Charterhouse of Avignon in 1992 for the French Ministry of Culture. Santachiara’s work is exhibited at various museums around the world, including MoMA in New York City, Musee des Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre in Paris, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, as well as the Vitra Museum in Rhine, Germany.

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