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Highlights 2016, Ivo stool

Ivo is a multipurpose seat. Small objects whose beauty and practicality of use are tied to the details: the slightly concave wooden seat and the technical element like the steel tie-rod, thanks to the shades burgundy or black, contrast nicely with the selected wood types, either natural oak or Canaletto walnut.

“Inspired by the classic Giotto stool by Zanotta that celebrated its 40th birthday in 2015, I proposed a new design for a wooden seating, based on my previous work with the company. Ivo is a simple and robust stool, created in natural oak or Canaletto walnut with steel reinforcing tie-rods. I sought out a technical element to contrast with the wood that would be functional yet could also render a certain character to the product. The metal elements have finishing in diverse colours, connecting to the wooden legs to give vitality to a durable and solid product. Zanotta asked me to design a higher version that could be used in cafés and restaurants. We thus named the stool ‘Ido’ to accompany its little brother Ivo. After experimenting with various steel tie-rods, I concluded that a simple triangle would serve best for a rigid footrest. As such, I left it in unpolished natural stainless steel.” (Frank Rettenbacher)

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