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Tobi-Ishi Outdoor Tables

c. 2017

by Barber & Osgerby
for B&B Italia Outdoor

Tobi-Ishi Outdoor Tables

by Barber & Osgerby
for B&B Italia Outdoor

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Barber + Osgerby’s Tobi-Ishi outdoor tables, dining and coffee tables, are an achieve­ment of volume manip­u­la­tion and surface treat­ment. The words, tobi-ishi trans­lates to step­ping stone”, refer­ring to orna­men­tal stones used in Japan­ese gardens. Upon first glance, Tobi-Ishi’s seem­ingly mono­lithic construc­tion appears both massive and heavy – aesthet­ics not produced by stone itself, but rather by an unex­pected combi­na­tion of materials. 

Tobi-Ishi’s round top and base are made out of a partic­u­lar cement (Ultra-High-Perfor­mance Concrete) and galva­nized sheet metal that is made specif­i­cally for outdoor use. Both the dining table and coffee table are part of B&B Ital­i­a’s Quick Ship program, in the light grey cement version.

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Barber & Osgerby

England

Barber + Osgerby is a design studio in London, established by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby in 1996. Known for their work in furniture, lighting, and product design, Barber and Osgerby are both Royal Designers for Industry (RDI), and many of their award winning pieces are placed as part of permanent collections in museums in both the United States and Great Britain. In addition to their industrial design studio, Barber and Osgerby founded an architecture and interior design studio, Universal Design Studio; as well as MAP, a consultant firm for industrial design strategy. Some of their early work started with folding and shaping sheet metal. Notable industrial design pieces include the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Torch; as well as the Tip Ton chair they designed in 2011 for Vitra.

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