Tobi-Ishi by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby is to be released in sensually smooth white Carrara and black Marquinia marble.
2012 marks the first collaboration with English designers Barber Osgerby and the launch of a table named after ornamental stones found in traditional Japanese gardens.
One of the really adventurous pieces in the B&B Italia collection, Massimiliano Busnelli, grandson of founder Piero Busnelli and a key member of the research department, also describes Tobi-Ishi as the most challenging products produced by the group.
Starting with a conversation about a round table to fill a void in the collection three years ago, the designers have managed to design something completely unique. Without a central base or legs on its perimeter Tobi-Ishi has freed up the constraints to focus purely on beauty.
The first series was launched in stucco in Milan in 2012, the new versions in white Carrara and black Marquinia marble enhance the collection further. Launching this week at the London Design Festival, stay tuned for news of its production schedule.