Inspired by ancient terracotta objects, Italian designer Simone Bonanni wanted his Obon Table series to look earthy and “gently imperfect.” The low square version, like its other 2 companion pieces, features an irregular, slab-like surface and a cylindrical base. Handmade—and therefore each one unique—the table is made of ceramic with a glazed top, in either terracotta’s natural reddish-brown terracotta hue or in a gray shade.
11" h x 24" w x 24" d (28x61x61cm)
It rhymes with “boy,” and a child’s wonder and uninhibited creative impulse is at the heart of this Amsterdam design house co-founded in 2001 by Netherlands design star Marcel Wanders. Then as now, Moooi’s aim is to crack conventions of modern design, providing a platform for the most experimental creatives around the world, including Studio Job, Bertjan Pot, Front and Neri&Hu, as well as creative director Wanders himself.
Some of Moooi’s beautifully eccentric pieces like the charred-wood Smoke Chair; the nearly life-size Horse Lamp; and Iconic Eyes, a dazzling hanging light made of BMW headlights, have become design icons. “We are not the kind of company that decides to produce a commercial chair and then contacts the right designer,” says Robin Bevers, who took the reins as CEO in 2015, after co-founder and Dutch design entrepreneur Casper Vissers stepped away. “It’s rather the other way round: they contact us.” From hotels to homes, the flights of fancy in furnishings, wallcoverings, rugs, lighting and décor from Moooi continue to marvel.