Milan-based designer Simone Bonnan has designed a collection of terracotta tables for the Dutch brand Moooi. Dubbed Obon, these furniture units boast a relaxing and invigorating orange-brown color – a shade of natural terracotta. Featuring cylindrical base, the Obon terracotta tables are handcrafted and thus each piece is unique in itself.
The choice of terracotta came naturally with the drawings and outlines of the tables. From the beginning, the idea was to introduce a series of objects which appeared to be handmade and that could create a natural and gently imperfect tone. I wanted to make the object look beautiful for its spontaneity and genuineness, not for its complexity.
Combining vintage appearance and texture of terracotta with shiny ceramics, the Obon tables are a unique mix of new and antique.
Bonnan worked together with a ceramicist from Veneto, Italy, to choose a perfect glaze for the table surface. They tried various thicknesses of chamotte, a ceramic raw material with a high percentage of silica and alumina, to create layers of glazing on the table.
The idea was to create tables that appear rustic and sport the gently imperfect earthen look of terracotta. The Obon terracotta tables are available in three variants – Rectangle Low, Square High, and Square Low. If you’re interested in buying one, the lowest priced Square High is selling for $765 at Moooi.