No-No tables are a result of two Scandinavian design studios meeting and being inspired by an old patinaed Italian marble floor during a visit to Milan. “The tilting of the floor was put together from leftover pieces of stone. Almost randomly the different slabs of marble in a variety of qualities and colors came together in a beautiful disordered pattern, that made it into the most beautiful graphic artwork.”, Kristoffer Fagerström explains.
The thought of using this normally elevated and luxurious material in a more casual way became the starting point of this collaborative project between Note and Norm. Later the same day, Note Design Studio stumbled into Norm Architects somewhere in Milan and a discussion about the beauty of the random qualities of the floor – which you also find in the traditional Japanese landscape architecture – morphed into to a product idea for the design company Menu.
Each individual table has its own character and tension between the natural pieces of marble laid out in a graphic pattern, echoing the tiled tables of the 1970s in a new and contemporary way. ”In the process of designing the tables we played with the idea of micro furniture”, says Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects. ”We wanted to create something that was in between furniture and accessories with a multi-purpose in the home”.
The tables can be used on the dining table, as a tray, on the credenza, besides the sofa, as your night table, for plant pots, books or your small occasional lamp in the corner. They can also be combined, stacked as a small installation or plateaus for showcasing your favorite objects or simply put together as regular but flexible sofa tables in front of your couch.
The contrast of the heaviness of the stone and the very light and delicate powder coated steel legs gives the tables an effortless grace. The contrast of the simplicity of the design and the richness of the marble structures that interact makes the tables intriguing in a subtle and understated manner.
Note is a Stockholm-based design studio founded in 2008 working within the fields of architecture; interior; product and graphic design as well as design strategy. Their pieces for Le Chance, Menu, Zero or Punt among other brands have become renowned worldwide.
The Tonella Chair was introduced this year during the Milan Salone del Mobile 2015 (furniture fair) back in April
Design Team: Kristoffer Fagerström, Boaz Katz, Charlotte Ackemar
Sancal started out manufacturing classic, French-style chairs. Four decades on, we have decided to revisit our origins and borrow from the past. The Swedish design studio Note was selected to give the project a fresh, innovative angle. The original piece was classified as a dressing-table chair, but the tiny new Tonella is far more compact, designed to fit into the smallest corner.
Despite its reduced size it is enormously versatile, comfortable and sturdy, making it an ideal piece to accompany a sofa at home, be placed in hotel rooms, shop dressing rooms or public areas. Sancal is based in Yecla, a wine-growing region in southern Spain.
Barrels are commonplace, and the metallic support is reminiscent of their staves. The Marie Antoinette-style seat, back and arms are made from molded polyurethane foam. The plain interior area can be upholstered in fabric or leather, the outer area is quilted to follow the barrel style lines of the base and is therefore only available in fabric.
Photos courtesy of Note Design Studio