Dimensions: 83.8cm (H) x 45.7cm (W) x 46.5cm (D) / 33" (H) x 18" (W) x 18.3" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Always at Objects & Ideas, we say that the best products have a soul and a presence, a voice that speaks to you. So it is with Mono, a single flowing line drawn in space, describing and forming the outline of the chair and table. The idea for Mono came from a visit to an airshow, watching aircraft drawing patterns, twisting and turning in space as the flew overhead. Somehow we wanted to capture that fluidity and express it in our furniture. More than that, we wanted to express it in solid wood, and show what this beautiful, honest and authentic material can do.
Objects & Ideas are members of Ontario Wood, a Canadian programme that promotes sustainable use of wood, and that's a key part of our identity as both artists and designers. We believe in locally sourced, locally made, sustainable products, designed by ourselves and made with the help and skills of individual artisans and craftspeople. Mono for example, is made by hand by precisely three people in their own workshops. We do use modern tools and techniques, but not on an industrial scale, and everything is hand-finished.
It is through our products that we express our art and our conceptual ideas. We're -perhaps a little different to many studios in that we tend to have ideas and concepts we want to express, and furniture is the vehicle we use. We don't set out to design chairs, tables or even coat-stands, but we do love what we make, and we hope you do too.
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Based in: Toronto, Canada
Objects & Ideas is a Canadian design practice founded in 2015 by Di Tao and Bob Dodd.
At Objects & Ideas, we say that the best products have a soul, a presence, something that speaks to us. We experience it as designers in our own studio with prototype designs, and sometimes simply sketches. Our Mono Chair was like that. It came out of an ideation process that started with a feeling we wanted to express – one single line drawn in space, twisting and turning to produce the fluid outline that was to become the Mono chair.
That process is typical of how we work. We often start with ideas, colours, and shapes rather than concrete plans to make a new chair or table. We have a collection of aluminum tables for example, our Northern Lights collection which was us trying to interpret that amazing light show we get in the north of Canada. The aurora became flowing ribbons of interleaved colour, and thin streaks of polished bare aluminum, and those in turn became the DNA for a collection of tables, including our Flow coffee table. And so it was with Mono where we didn’t set out to design a chair, or any particular furniture; furniture for us is just a vehicle for an idea that becomes functional art. And somehow, as that fluid line wraps around to form the unique shape of the Mono Chair, the design speaks to you of its form and meaning.
Di and Bob have quite diverse backgrounds. Di has a formal background in product design, with a master’s degree from the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, whilst Bob has a master’s is in multimedia design and user interaction. We have both worked in Europe, Asia, and North America, and between us we have developed quite a unique sense of style and aesthetics, and we have our own particular way of collaborating. We work together intensively during ideation, but Bob then steps away to allow Di to develop the ideas into finished products. Obviously, we do talk and review progress, and collaboration begins in earnest again when we discuss design for manufacture,
This approach to ideation, and the complementary experimentation we undertake at times with our manufacturing process, is why our studio is perhaps a little different to others, and what we do is much closer to art than to mass production.
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